Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
I want to search within the following: This Department
Seattle Parks and Recreation Seattle Parks and Recreation Home Page Seattle Parks and Recreation - About Us Seattle Parks and Recreation - Contact Us
Seattle Parks and Recreation
  Parks   Centers & Pools Activities Reservations & Permits Projects & Planning A - Z Index
A-Z Park List
Search Parks by Feature
Fields & Athletic Facilities
Children's Play Areas
Off-Leash Areas
Park History
Park Rangers
Smoking Ban
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Green Lake Park

Address: 7201 E Greenlake Dr N, 98115 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509


Pathway of Lights

Mark your Calendars!!

Pathways of Lights
Saturday, December 12th
4:30 7:30pm
Volunteers Needed. Call 206-684-0780 for more information.
Can food donations will be accepted for the local food bank.

Click to skip down to:



24 Hours


Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. Also, make sure to visit the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

Acreage: 323.7


Green Lake's Formation
Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago.

Green Lake Park
The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue.

In more recent times, Green Lake has suffered from stagnation and pollution problems, as well as algae blooms. Milfoil and swimmers itch (caused by parasites from waterfowl) are still a consideration for those who swim in the lake.

The Green Lake Path The path has been recently reconstructed in the same basic configuration as the previous path. The new path includes a 5 1/2 feet crushed granite trail closest to the lake for walkers and joggers, and a 13 1/2 foot asphalt path for wheeled users and walkers.

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


In our large parks and recreation system, we could not do what we do without you.
» volunteer in a park!


Environmental Impact Statements & Studies
- Green Lake Alum Report

Pro Parks Levy
- Plaza and shade garden development

Vegetation Management Plan
- Green Lake Park Vegetation Management Plan

Learning to bike

Workout station

Soccer fields

Dog jogging

At the dock

Swimming beach

Jogging Green Lake

Teen work party



A skating break

A pickup game

Green Lake playfield

Skating Green Lake

Walking Green Lake

Sunning at Green Lake

Bathhouse Theatre

Bridge walkway

A quiet evening


Dog walking

Sunset on the Lake

Soccer fields

Pickup volleyball

 Home | Partnerships | Park Board | Volunteer | FAQ | Parkways Parkways Icon | Facebook Facebook Icon | @SeattleParks Twitter Icon | Flickr Flickr Icon