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Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams. The role of Discovery Park is to provide an open space of quiet and tranquility away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, as well as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. Maintained in its semi-natural condition the park will continue to offer a biologically rich and diverse natural area for urban dwellers and an unmatched opportunity for environmental education. 

Boating access available at 100' of shoreline north of the West Point Lighthouse and 100' of shoreline south of the West Point Lighthouse. Access is restricted to boats arriving by water only.

In 2017, a renovation project updated the play area equipment, improved safety, increased play area accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and provided new picnic tables and seating. Play equipment includes climbing structures, a zip line, swings, and structures that resemble tree houses. The project ensures ADA access and maintenance access to the playground area from park pathways. The play area equipment is appropriate for children of all abilities, including toddlers and older children. The new equipment is composed of materials which can withstand the elements.

Environmental Learning

Be sure to check out the Discovery Park Visitor Center on your next visit to access trail maps and to get more information on Environmental Education Programs happening at Discovery Park and across Seattle.

Bernie Whitebear, United Indians of All Tribes and Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Shortly after the Point Elliot Treaty of 1885, PKa'dz Eltue became a US military base for nearly 80 years through World War I, World War II and the Korean War. 

In 1965, a bill was introduced by Congressman Brock Adams to cede ownership of the military land to the City of Seattle with a vision of it becoming a city park. 

The United Indians People's Council made a claim on Fort Lawton, citing rights under 1865 US-Indian treaties, that promised "the reversion of surplus military land to their original landowners."

On March 8th 1970, the nonviolent demonstration began.  Led by Bernie Whitebear (Sin Aikst), Bob Satiacum (Puyallup) and indigenous peoples of Western Washington, 100+ Native Americans and supporters occupied areas of Fort Lawton using a base camp just outside the fence line.  Famous supporters such as Jane Fonda and Black Panther chapter of Seattle helped increase national attention to the cause. 

Four months later, the occupation ended peacefully.  Negotiations continued until it was decided a new park would be created for the greater public and the United Indians People's Council would receive a 99-year lease for 20 acres of the surplus land to become a cultural center.

The United Indians People's Council continued organizing and formally became the United Indians of All Tribes.

A longtime vision of "an urban base for Native Americans in Seattle," Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center was completed in 1977.

For more information please visit The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

For a more detailed history please visit the UW Archives:

More Discovery Park History

Fort Lawton & Discovery Park History: Fort Lawton originally occupied much of the northwestern part of Magnolia Bluff.

West Point Lighthouse

Discovery Park is home to one of the 18 active lighthouses in Washington State. West Point Lighthouse was established in 1881 and can be viewed from the South Beach Trail in the park. More information about the West Point Lighthouse can be found at the Friends of Discovery Park webpage including this educational video.

Join the Discovery Park Advisory Council

Learn more here

Recent Project

Visit the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center ADA Improvements project page to learn about ADA improvements at the Discovery Park Visitor Center.

Discovery Park Master Plan

"The master plan, we believe, lays down guidelines which, if followed faithfully, cannot fail to create on this site a park which will be one of the great urban parks of the world-and a joy to this city forever."

Have your special ceremony here!

You can schedule an outdoor ceremony in almost any of our 400 parks, but this particular location is especially well suited for outdoor ceremonies. Please visit our outdoor ceremonies reservations site for more information.

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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