Seward Park, Seattle

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This article is about the Seattle neighborhood. For urban park of the same name, see Seward Park (Seattle).
Seward Park
Seattle Neighborhood
A forested peninsula surrounded by a lake and urban neighborhoods
Aerial view of Seward Park area from the west featuring forested Bailey Peninsula in Lake Washington, with Mercer Island on top.
Map of Seward Park's location in Seattle
Map of Seward Park's location in Seattle
Coordinates: 47°33′02″N 122°15′52″W / 47.55056°N 122.26444°W / 47.55056; -122.26444

Seward Park is a neighborhood in southeast Seattle, Washington just west of the park of the same name. The park itself occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a prominent, forested peninsula that juts into Lake Washington. The attached map is accurate, broadly speaking, in capturing "Greater Seward Park," though real estate sites, such as Zillow, will refer to the part of the neighborhood north of Orcas Street as Lakewood, which is reasonable, since that neighborhood is the historic home of a "community club" (which owns its own house and land) once know as the Lakewood Community Club (built on or around the 1920s), and now known as the Lakewood-Seward Community Club.

Neighborhood[edit]

The neighborhood is bounded on the east and north by Lake Washington, on the south by South Kenyon Street, and on the west by the eastern boundaries of Columbia City, one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. Because, as the city of Seattle proudly notes, Seattle does not believe in wards, wishing to avoid the "ward politics of 'back'" (that would be Chicago and eastward), Seattle has no legally defined neighborhoods. However, the city does respond to popular definitions, as does Zillow, and the city's website[1] indicates how complex the west border of the Seward Park (or Lakewood-Seward Park) neighborhood is.

Environment[edit]

The 300 acres (121 ha) of Seward Park has about a 120 acre (48.6 ha) surviving remnant of old growth forest, providing a glimpse of what some of the lake shore looked like before the growth of the city of Seattle. With trees older than 250 years, the Seward Park forest is relatively young (the forests of Seattle before the city were fully mature, up to 1,000–2,000 years old).[2][3] Still, there is no other forest within the city limits like Seward Park's. You can wander trails where all you can see are towering softwoods, mostly Douglas firs, but with other species present as well, including Western hemlock, Pacific madrona and Alaskan cedar. The Park offers at least five distinct experiences, which are further described under the entry for the park itself.

One of the earliest settlers, E. A. Clark, was influential in the life of Cheshiahud, a young man at the time, the mid-1850s.[4]

Seward Park is built on what may be one of the highest residential hills in Seattle (the hill is mounted by Graham street, earning it the name "Graham hill").[citation needed] In a series of annexations, the neighborhood joined the town of Southeast Seattle, which then joined the City of Seattle in 1907.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Around a quarter of the residents are African American, and another quarter Asian American, most of the remainder being White. The neighborhood has been a hub of Orthodox Jewish life for nearly 40 years. The oldest synagogue in Washington state, Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, is located there, as are Sephardic Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation. Up to 90% of Orthodox Jews in Seattle are said to live within a mile of one of the synagogues, though more recent arrivals have been settling north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in View Ridge, Wedgwood, Hawthorne Hills, and Ravenna and in nearby communities such as Mercer Island.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Although no schools fall within the borders of the neighborhood as described on city maps, three public schools, Graham Hill[6] and Hawthorne[7] and Dunlap[8] elementary schools serve the area's students. In addition the alternative Orca K-8[9] lies within blocks of the neighborhood's boundary.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Seattle City Clerk's Office Geographic Indexing Atlas". 
  2. ^ Sherwood, Don (2003-06-20). "Seward Park" (PDF). PARK HISTORY: Sherwood History Files. Seattle Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2006-04-21. 
  3. ^ Talbert, Paul (2006-05-01). "The Magnificent Forest". Friends of Seward Park. Archived from the original on 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 
  4. ^ Talbert, Paul (2006-05-01). "SkEba'kst: The Lake People and Seward Park". The History of Seward Park. SewardPark.org. Archived from the original on 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2006-06-06. 
  5. ^ Phelps, Myra L. (1978). "Chapter 15, "Annexation"". Public works in Seattle. Seattle: Seattle Engineering Department. ISBN 0-9601928-1-6.  , p. 216–224, map "to 1921", p. 217; map "to 1975", p. 224, map key table p. 222-3.
  6. ^ "Graham Hill Elementary School" (PDF). 2014-15 attendance area maps. Seattle Public Schools. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hawthorne Elementary School" (PDF). 2014-15 attendance area maps. Seattle Public Schools. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dunlap Elementary School" (PDF). 2014-15 attendance area maps. Seattle Public Schools. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Orca K-8" (PDF). 2014-15 option elementary geo zones. Seattle Public Schools. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 47°33′02″N 122°15′52″W / 47.55056°N 122.26444°W / 47.55056; -122.26444