Summer Challenge: 3 Kids, 10 Weeks & 30 Seattle Parks

Fitness Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Written by

Ready for a summer challenge? Katie Kavulla of the Seattle parenting blog, Being5, gave herself an ambitious summer project:


Over the course of 10 weeks, Katie Kavulla challenged herself (and her three kids) to visit 30 parks in the Seattle area to discover new territory and spend time outside during the beautiful summer months. The results will appear in a forthcoming real-life guide to the best parks in the city, with information on what they loved and what they discovered. Here’s a preview to the first few parks.

Park #1: Carkeek Park

First on the list for the Kavulla family was Carkeek Park in North Ballard. The verdict? “This is likely our new favorite place to play in Seattle,” Katie said. “I’m feeling insanely jealous of Ballard-ites for getting to call it their own!”

If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the beach, as well as get in a short hike, then this park is perfect for an afternoon or weekend adventure.


Park #2: Magnolia Park

Next up was Magnolia Park, a small park with lots of space for tossing the disc or a playing a game of tag. “The star attractions at Magnolia Park are the huge madrona trees that offer plenty of shade on hot days,” Katie said. “There’s also the old-school swings, lush grass that was made for lying in and a perfect summer breeze.”

If you live near Magnolia, pop on down during the hotter, summer days for a cool breeze and a great spot to relax.

Park #3: Golden Gardens

There’s a reason Golden Gardens in Ballard is one of the most popular parks in the city. “Spending the day at Golden Gardens is like a rite of passage for Seattle families in the summer,” Katie said.  “Sure, it takes some prep, planning, but it’s so completely worth it.”

Head over for a long day at the beach or a barbeque near one of the grills. You can’t pass up the amazing views of the Olympic mountains on a sunny day.

Want to see more? Check out the 30 Parks of Summer series to keep tabs on new updates, see photos and share your thoughts on your favorite Seattle parks!