Parks have been called “lungs of the city.” Capitol Hill features more than a dozen.
• Volunteer Park: 1247 15th Ave. E, a sprawling 48 acres home to the water tower and its 107 steps to the top of a panoramic view of the city and a diorama depicting the Olmsted park-building legacy. It is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Volunteer Park Conservancy.
• Cal Anderson Park. Bordered by East Pine Street, East Denny Way, 11th Avenue and Nagle Place, at 11 acres, with Bobby Morris Playfield occupying the park’s south end, which includes restrooms, basketball hoops and tennis courts.
• Louisa Boren Park, 15th Avenue East and East Olin Place, features a spectacular scenic viewpoint of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. A trail leads down the hill to Interlaken Park, 2451 Delmar Drive E., 51.7 acres of woods and trails popular with bikers, hikers and joggers. This is at the extreme north end of the hill.
• Miller Playfield, 400 19th Ave. E, 7.6 acres— soccer fields, water spray for kids, restrooms, all fields and tennis courts and site of the Miller Community Center.
• Roanoke Park, 950 E. Roanoke St., a mellow, 2.5 green acres perfect for a picnic.
• Bellevue Place, 1.4 acres, a grassy slope overlooking Lake Union across I-5, it stretches from Melrose Avenue East to the overpass at Lakeview Avenue East.
• Belmont Place: Belmont Place East and Belmont Avenue East.
• Tashkent Park: 511 Boylston Ave. E.
• Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery: 1200 E. Howe St. 526 graves of Civil War veterans and their wives.
• St. Mark’s Greenbelt: 1500 Lakeview Blvd. E., creates a buffer between the hill and I-5 with dense vegetation and trails, one of which is accessible in the St. Mark’s Cathedral parking lot, 1245 10th Ave. E.
• Seven Hills Park, 1514 E. Howell St.
• East John Street and East Summit Avenue is another converted parking lot at 200 Summit Ave. E., includes public gardening, pathways and benches.
To order a full color brochure of Seattle Parks go to www.seattle.gov/parks.