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Ella Bailey Park

Savor panoramic views of the Seattle skyline and waterfront at Ella Bailey Park.

Ella Bailey Park is just 15 minutes northwest of downtown Seattle in the quiet neighborhood of Magnolia.

This gem of a park has stunning views of the Seattle skyline, Mt Rainier and Elliott Bay, that rival the more popular Kerry Park.

There's also more to do here than here than Kerry Park, especially for kids, including a playground, basketball court and bike path.  Ella Bailey Park is also a less touristy destination, so you'll only run into locals here.

Ella Bailey Park was sold to the city by Seattle school teacher Ella Bailey in 1929, with the requirement that it be used as a play area for kids.  The city leased the land for a school which was shuttered in 1984, and the old playground fell into decline. However a bright new playground was built in 2007, with beautifully landscaped grounds.

Ella Bailey Park amenities include a portable restroom, bike racks, drinking fountains, picnic tables, BBQ grills, free parking in the neighborhood, playground, basketball hoops, and a walking and bike path.

10 best things to do at Ella Bailey Park

1. Hang out at the modern playground designed for both little and big kids, with swings, slides, and climbing equipment.


2. Walk or bike around the concrete pathway that encircles Ella Bailey Park.


3. Savor incredible views of Mt Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Seattle skyline, and Space Needle.


4. Gather family and friends together at the picnic tables and BBQ grills.


5. Watch the 4th of July or New Year's Eve fireworks from this incredible viewpoint!


6. Kick a ball, throw a frisbee, or fly a kite on the open grassed area.


7. Play basketball on the two hoop half court.


8. Return at night to see the dazzling city lights.


9. Host a kid's birthday party here.


10. Get your wedding or special event photos taken here.

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