Lincoln Park (Seattle)

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Lincoln Park, seen from the Fauntleroy-Vashon Ferry
Lincoln Park waterfront walk and beach

Lincoln Park is a 135 acre (546,000 m²) park in West Seattle between Fauntleroy Way S.W. and Puget Sound. One of Seattle's largest parks, attractions include the paved walkway along the beach, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic shelters, and a heated saltwater swimming pool during the summer. The park is easily accessible by car, boat or bus and is located next to the Washington State Ferries Fauntleroy terminal. The park is adjacent to the Fauntleroy neighborhood.

History[edit]

The park occupies a headland called Williams Point. The Duwamish called the area "Tight Bluff" (Lushootseed: CHuXáydoos), referring to the dense plant growth.[1]

Environment[edit]

The park, with its old growth canopy, is a major migratory destination for many species of birds and water fowl, and provides critical nesting habitat during mating season for bald eagles, owls and many other birds. It is also home to over 300 species of birds, many of them year-round residents.

As an urban sanctuary and preserve, Lincoln Park is highly unusual due to its old growth forest, relatively well conserved natural undergrowth, and ease of access. Over the course of a given year, thousands of hours of volunteer effort go into maintaining this sanctuary for the use by all as a respite from the stresses of a fast paced urban environment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thrush, Coll (2007). Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. University of Washington Press. p. 231. ISBN 0-295-98700-6. 

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Coordinates: 47°31′53.1″N 122°23′42.8″W / 47.531417°N 122.395222°W / 47.531417; -122.395222