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A picnic around every corner

PCC Taste | July 2013


This selection of parks big and small — each a short trip from one of our nine Seattle-area locations — offers a bounty of fun and beauty to savor during our short-but-sweet Northwest summer.

Marina Beach Park

498 Admiral Way South, Edmonds (2.2 miles from Edmonds PCC)

Plunk yourself on a driftwood log or spread your picnic along the grass at this southernmost park of the Edmonds waterfront and take in the view: mountains, the salty Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula in the distance. Fly a kite, play with your dog at the nearby dog park or wander the sandy shore.

Fremont Peak Park

4357 Palatine Ave. N., Seattle (1 mile from Fremont PCC)

Fremont Peak Park. Photo by Tom Sparks

Perched in upper Fremont, this half-acre, hidden urban oasis offers serenity from city life — not to mention a panoramic view of the Ballard Bridge and the shimmering waters to the west. Bring a blanket, lounge on the grass and count clouds overhead. Feel your cares slip away.

Sunset Hill Park

7531 34th Ave. N.W., Seattle (3.1 miles from Greenlake PCC)

This tranquil, wind-raked bluff offers unfettered views of the Olympics, of sailboats skating across Puget Sound and vibrant sunsets. Grab a picnic table or bring a blanket and soak in the scenery and salty breeze from Shilshole Bay below.

Issaquah Creek Confluence Park

655 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah (1.9 miles from Issaquah PCC)

This new park in Olde Town Issaquah merges three existing parks (Tollė Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek) for more than 15 acres that includes trails, a playground, and a sweeping meadow that runs to the edge of Issaquah Creek. Linger along the waterways as you stroll off those lunchtime calories.

Marsh Park

6605 Lake Washington Blvd., Kirkland (0.8 mile from Kirkland PCC)

Unobstructed views of Lake Washington and Seattle are the highlight of this waterfront park. Stroll to the end of the dock and take in the sunset as you nosh and nibble, wander along the shoreline and then check out a bit of public art.

Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park

19545 N.E. Redmond Rd., Redmond (2 miles from Redmond PCC)

Friendly farm animals for little ones to visit? Check. Tire swings, orienteering course, nature trail and covered picnic shelter? You betcha. This 68-acre park literally offers something for anyone who might be along on your picnic.

View Ridge Playfield

4408 N.E. 70th St., Seattle (0.5 mile from View Ridge PCC)

Bring the lawn games and get ready for an afternoon of merriment. A large playground and small wading pool make this spot ideal for little ones, plus a covered picnic area allows for easy dining outdoors.

Me-Kwa-Mooks Park

4503 Beach Dr. S.W., Seattle (2.5 miles from West Seattle PCC)

Dine at one of the picnic tables near the entrance to this park then wander into the woods and keep your eyes peeled for screech owls overhead and other wildlife. Or time it right and explore the tide pools across the street, abundant with sea life.

Martha Washington Park

6612 57th Ave. S., Seattle (1.1 miles from Seward Park PCC)

Nestled next to Lake Washington, this park is just right for a lounge in the grass and a little Frisbee on a lazy afternoon. Catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Rainier on a clear day and marvel at the surrounding landscape.

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