In a city of great viewpoints, Ella Bailey Park has got to have one of the best. It’s an open, spacious playfield and picnic area resting against the east side of Magnolia. I’ve heard that this is a popular spot for watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, and I can understand why. You can see everything from the downtown Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay to Mt. Rainier.
Once the playground for Magnolia Elementary School, it was renovated and reopened as a Seattle City park in 2007. Now it has a great ADA-approved playground with old school favorites, like a tire swing and monkey bars, and a few of those newer space-age-looking toys that you’ll figure out once your kid explains them to you.
Many of the toys are best for bigger kids, though there are a few things toddlers may enjoy. There’s also a nice path around the grassy area perfect for riding bikes or roller skating. The biggest drawback to the park is that there’s very little shade, so you may want to bring hats and sunscreen on sunny days. There isn’t a parking lot, but there is street parking all along the length of the park.
Ella Bailey Park
2601 W Smith St.