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Matthews Beach Park

Address: 5100 NE 93rd St, 98115 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509


Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) needs to repair the Thornton Creek culvert under NE 93rd St. Thorton Creek passes through this culvert under the only road access to Matthews Beach Park and 51st Ave. NE on its way to the Lake Washington shoreline. The repair is expected to begin in August and will take approximately one to two months to complete. For additional information please see the project page, or contact:

Arnel Valmonte, SPU Project Manager
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4900
PO Box 34018
Seattle WA 98124-4018
(206) 615-1438

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6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Matthews Beach is Seattles largest freshwater bathing beach.

Acreage: 22


The park is named for pioneer John G. Matthews, who had his homestead on the site in the 1880s. The park is an ideal stopping place for bicyclers on the Burke-Gilman Tail- in fact, the outline of the original cove is suggested by the Burke-Gilman Trail, which was once the tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In the 1940s, the area south of the main beach was the site of Pan American World Airways offices, and the dock for Pan Americans "Clipper Ships"- the worlds first amphibious commercial air transports over the ocean. The City purchased the first ten acres of Matthews Beach in 1951.

(Excerpted from Brandt Morgans Enjoying Seattles Parks.)

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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Culvert Repair Project
- NE 93rd Street Culvert Repair Project

Major Maintenance
- Pavement restoration

Parks & Green Spaces Levy
- Play Area Renovation
- Bathhouse renovation

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