up the atmospherics. The Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial is a welcome corrective to the touristy air that sometimes prevails here, paying homage to more than 500 men and women who have lost their lives at sea.
• Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, occupies 20 acres in Discovery Park. This is the legacy of the late Bernie Whitebear, who helped secure the land for his people in the early 1970s. The building, headquarters of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, incorporates elements of Native American architecture, and houses an art gallery and bookstore and serves as a coming together place for indigenous cultural activities. www.unitedindians.org/daybreak.html
• Visit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks from the Magnolia side. Most people visit the Locks from the Ballard side, but the Magnolia approach, northwest from Fishermen’s Terminal, is mellower. There’s a path at 32nd and Government Way that takes you to the top of the hill.
North: Salmon Bay and the Fremont Cut.
South: Elliott Bay Park. West: Elliott Bay.
East: 15th Avenue Northwest. Zip 98199
Lawton Elementary School –4000 27th Ave. W. (206) 252-2130
Catharine Blaine K-8 -2550
34th Ave. W. (206) 252-1300 Public High Schools: Ballard High School –
1418 NW 65th St. (206) 252-1000
Alternative Schools: The Center School –
305 Harrison St.) 206) 252-9850
• Lawton Park: 3843 26th Ave. W. Features include a grass baseball field, basketball hoops, a children’s play area and restrooms.
• Discovery Park: 3801 W Government Way. The city parks department website describes the Seattle’s largest park as one of “breathtaking majesty.” It’s hard to top that.
• Magnolia Park, 3100 W. Galer St. (West of Magnolia Bridge). On the bluff looking toward downtown — an idyllic, tree shaded spot with shelter and picnic tables. Kiwanis Ravine Overlook:
W Government Way, between 35th Ave. W. & Brygger Ave. W. This is home to the city’s largest nesting colony of Great Blue Herons. The public is asked not to enter the steep ravine during heron nesting season, Feb. 1-July 31.
Commodore Park: 3330 W. Commodore Way. You can follow the path down to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks,
Bayview Playground: 2614 24th Ave.
W. Features include a grass baseball field, basketball hoops, a children’s play area and restroom.
• Ursula Judkins Viewpoint:
W. Galer St. west of the Magnolia Bridge. Name after the Magnolia preservationist-activist, this is a small park with a huge view facing south.
• Magnolia Playfield: 2518 34th Ave. W, between the Magnolia Community Center and Mounger Pool. This considerable green space is for football, soccer and softball.
• Smith Cove Park: 1451 23rd Ave. W. Justwest ofPier91,thisPortof Seattle park features a biking and jogging path, picnic tables, seabirds and a great view of port activities.
• Ella Bailey Park: 2601 W. Smith St. One of the city’s newest parks, the former playground for Magnolia Elementary School has been renovated to become one of the city’s best kept secrets.
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Seattle Parks go to www.seattle.gov/parks.
• Magnolia Bridge: This striking structure was built in 1930, replacing a wooden trestle connecting Magnolia to Interbay over the Smith Cove fill. Mud slides and earthquakes have highlighted its vulnerability, and reminded Magnolia residents that splendid isolation has its downside.
• Admiral’s House: Built in 1944, the city named the Naval estate at 2001 W. Garfield St. a historical landmark last year. An invitation to one of the Admiral’s functions has always been a coveted ticket hereabouts.
• Magnolia Water Tower: On top of the bluff, it looks like a space ship and is visible from many miles.
• Magnolia Community Center: 2550 34tg Ave. W., a nexus for much of what goes on in Magnolia.
• West Point lighthouse, built in 1881. Previously mentioned, but this structure on the beach in Discovery Park looms large in the universe of local seafarers and strikes a timeless note for those who approach it by land.
• Lawtonwood: This charming neighborhood adjacent to Discovery Park would have been bought up by the U. S. Army to comprise Fort Lawton except a stubborn landowner held out. F. D. R.’s daughter Anna once lived here and the President and Mrs. Roosevelt paid a visit in 1937.
The Magnolia Branch of Seattle Public Library, 2801 34th Ave. W., designed by noted architect Paul