In addition to restaurants and shops there are several parks, points of interest, and a library in the Madrona neighborhood. Below are just some examples of public spaces to be enjoyed. Madrona is a beautiful neighborhood to walk through with a smattering of small parks throughout the neighborhood, beautiful streets with sidewalks that sometimes separate from the streets with small greenbelts created between the two, as well as streets that dead end with hidden walkways or stairways connecting the neighborhood. All this with peek-a-boo views of Lake Washington and the Eastside.
Madrona Park (map)
Madrona neighborhood, now considered the center of Seattle, was originally considered way out of town in 1889 when the neighborhood was first platted. To draw prospective home buyers to the neighborhood the waterfront was developed which today is known as Madrona Park. Madrona Park is located on the shores of Lake Washington. The park includes a wooded hillside, referred to as the Madrona Woods, with paths that lead down to the grassy long parkway along the lake. The park includes a picnic area, sandy beach (commonly dubbed Madrona Beach) where lifeguards are on duty in the summer, as well as converted bathhouse which is now a dance studio. In addition, there is a jogging path along the lake as well as small gravel beaches scattered along the path and a “T” shaped dock where people often fish. Finally, there is also a brick building that is open during the summer months where they sell barbecue.
Madrona Playground (map)
Madrona Playgound is located along 34th Avenue just south of the commercial area in Madrona. The park surrounded by homes on three sides with the commercial area to the north is centered around a play area where you can hear young children play year round. The park also features two outside tennis courts (with lights), a shelter house that can be rented for parties (max 25 people, call 206-684-4788), a outdoor basketball court, and a grass playfield (which is not used for organized games) but is used the neighborhood to play soccer and other sports.
Alvin Larkins Park (map)
Alvin Larkins Park is a small park at the north end of the Madrona business district thus it is not only a restful place for visitors but also a buffer between the homes and Madrona businesses. The rectangular shaped park stretches between 34th and 35th Avenue along East Pike. The park features a winding concrete path through small grassy areas as well as beautiful trees. The path is lined with several benches to rest and enjoy the surroundings.
The land for the small Madrona park was purchased in 1973 and was developed in 1975. In1979, at the bequest of the Madrona Community Council, that the park was dedicated to Alvin Larkins who was long time Madrona resident and pillar of the Madrona and Seattle community. Click here to read more about this Madrona park.
Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library (map)
One of the smallest Seattle Public Libraries, this 1,700 square foot library is located at the corner of 33rd and Union between the popular Madrona commercial area and Madrona School. The small brick building was originally built in 1919 as a fire station. In 1971, Sally Goldmark worked with the Seattle Public Library to have an informal reading center for children at the fire station. When the station closed later in 1971, Sally Goldmark worked with the Library Board to rent and remodel the building to serve a library. The library features a sculpture in its front lawn, named “The Peaceable Kingdom.” The sculpture depicts a mountain lion, pig, sheep and wolf harmoniously together. “The Peaceable Kingdom” has become the neighborhood tag line.