There’s no such thing as a pristine city park, but few Seattle green spaces have been demolished and renovated, abused and fussed over like Sand Point Magnuson Park. If, like many people, you only come here to launch a boat or take a cooling swim in summer, you’re missing quite a bit. More than four hundred acres, in fact. Seattle’s second-largest park after Discovery, Sand Point ranges from the crumbling bluffs of Promontory Point to small stands of remnant forest.
It spreads across the squishy meadows of mid-park, and along the 1-mile-long expanse of shoreline. Unlike Discovery Park, with its guided walks, woodland trails, and protected beach, Sand Point is not primarily managed for nature and wildlife. Not yet, anyway. Certainly, the next decade will decide much about what kind of park this enormous waterfront green space will become. Walk here for long, and you’ll form your own opinions about the best use for this prime waterfront real estate.
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