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Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the 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 view 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.

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More Discovery Park History

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

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."

Capehart Forest and Wildlife Viewing Trails

Thanks to all who came out for the grand opening celebration of Capehart Forest on May 11. The Capehart site is a 15 - 20 minute walk from any parking lot at Discovery Park. Official Trail Guide Map

The newest addition to Discovery Park, Capehart Forest is the result of intensive restoration efforts by volunteers and partners over 10 years.  A former military housing development known as Capehart was originally on the site; in 2007, the city purchased the parcel for $11.1 million. With funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the Westpoint Treatment Plant mitigation funding, SPR removed the housing foundations, the road network, and other infrastructure, and regraded the property. SPR converted the property to a meadow consistent with the Discovery Park Master Plan. Volunteers, SPR staff, non-profit and private partners, in collaboration with the Green Seattle Partnership, pursued an intensive reforestation plan. 

In 2017, The Friends of Discovery Park saw the need for official trails through the Capehart site to protect the restoration efforts and to mitigate social trails. They received a Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund award for $100,000. This funding allowed for the installation of two permanent trails and zero or low maintenance, naturally appearing barriers that will be impediments to off-trail activities. Additionally, a new cross walk was installed at the end of one trail across Discovery Park Blvd. The Seattle Parks Foundation provided an additional $155,000 in funding for this phase of work.  In early April 2018 the trails were unofficially opened to the public.

Discovery Park South Beach Trail Report

The report is complete. Thank you to everyone who participated in the public process for the South Beach Trail, connecting the Loop Trail to West Point and South Beach at Discovery Park. Find more information here in the Discovery Park South Beach Trail Design Report.

For additional information contact Pamela Kliment at

For information on the King County project at West Point Treatment Plant visit Water Reservoir Modifications Project - 2019.

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.

Pickleball Conversion Pilot

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Planning and Development Division lead a pilot project to implement lining of multiple tennis court sites for pickleball. The sites were lined for shared use by both pickleball and tennis players. There were no changes made to the tennis nets. The tennis court sites were selected based on demand for more pickleball and the following feasibility criteria: accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.

The following courts were lined for pickleball:

  • Delridge Community Center in southwest district 
  • Walt Hundley Playfield in southeast district
  • Discovery Park Court in central-west district
  • Georgetown Playfield in south-central district 
  • Green Lake Park in central-north district  
  • Miller Community Center in central-east district 
  • Soundview Playfield in northwest district
  • South Park Community Center in southwest district

View the Pickleball Pilot Study Report here.