This Tuesday, September 26, Linnea Westerlind, author of the new book Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide, will be leading a walk through some of the best parks in the Fremont area. The walk will start at Woodland Park and then head to Fremont Peak Park and down to the Burke-Gilman Trail, then wind near the Fremont Troll and back up to Woodland Park.
Linnea’s book is the result of her quest to visit EVERY park in the city of Seattle in one year—with her six-month-old son in tow. It ended up taking her four years to accomplish this ambitious goal, partly because she underestimated the magnitude of the project, with new parks continuously springing up throughout the city (currently totaling 426), and partly because her tow load tripled with the birth of twins in the middle of the project. But she documented her journey on her blog (yearofseattleparks.com) and used that material for her book (demonstrated cleverly in this trailer), which expertly details 110 of the parks. Two of her personal favorites included in the book are Wallingford’s Gas Works Park and Meridian Playground.
Linnea will be talking about her book and blog on the walk, so it’s a great opportunity to meet and chat with a local author (Linnea lives in West Seattle), get to know the neighborhood, maybe meet a new neighbor, and get some exercise and fresh air. Linnea says to plan for a hilly 3.5-mile walk that will last about two hours.
I plan to be there; I hope you will too!
- What: Fremont Parks Walking Tour
- When: Tuesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. to noon
- Where: Meet at Woodland Park parking lot, N 50th St and Woodland Park Ave N
- Cost: FREE!
- Contact: Linnea Westerlind, [email protected]