Fort Lawton–Discovery Park

Seattle, Washington

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Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. At one time it was all part of Fort Lawton, a U.S. Army base. Something curious happened there late one moonless night on August 14, 1944: Private Guglielmo Olivotto, an Italian prisoner of war quartered at Fort Lawton, was found lynched in a ravine above the beach. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. Discovery Park (open daily 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) is one of the darkest places in Seattle, making it ideal for observing owls and nighttime celestial events like meteor showers, planets, and the aurora borealis during the occasional times it comes to town.

Fort Lawton–Discovery Park Professional Review and Guide

"Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. At one time it was all part of Fort Lawton, a U.S. Army base. Something curious happened there late one moonless night on August 14, 1944: Private Guglielmo Olivotto, an Italian prisoner of war quartered at Fort Lawton, was found lynched in a ravine above the beach.

It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. Discovery Park (open daily 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) is one of the darkest places in Seattle, making it ideal for observing owls and nighttime celestial events like meteor showers, planets, and the aurora borealis during the occasional times it comes to town."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours to all day
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Seattle Depart- ment of Parks and Recreation, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109; (206) 684-4075; www.seattle.gov/ parks; www.seattle.gov/parks/ environment/discovery.htm. Discovery Parks information: (206) 386-4236. Daybreak Star Cultural Center, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Discovery Park, PO Box 99100, Seattle, WA 98199; (206) 285-4425; www.unitedindians.org/daybreak.html.
Local Maps: USGS North Seattle
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Lawton–Discovery Park

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