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Montlake Playfield

Address: 1618 E Calhoun St, 98112 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Located adjacent to Montlake Community Center, Montlake playfield includes a childrens play area, playfields, and tennis courts.

Acreage: 27


Early day (1900s) settlers named the area between Union Bay and Lake Union Union City in honor of the planned union of Lake Washington and Union with Puget Sound by constructing the ship canal. But Union City was replaced with Montlake to include the view of the mountains.

In 1929 property owners petitioned the Park Board for the acquisition of a playfield in the district. The Board and City Council approved in selection of this site and condemnation initiated in 1931. In 1932 a new Park Board was appointed, and they joined with certain property owners to protest at a Council hearing the acquisition of this property. However, Council proceeded and authorized payment. The playfield assumed the district name.

In 1962 dirt from the Freeway construction was placed along the swampy shoreline, causing other areas to rise.

(Edited from the files of Don Sherwood, 1916-1981, Park Historian.)

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.


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