Friday, July 5, 2013

Fairmount Park Neighborhood of West Seattle

Today's 8.8 mile walk through streets southwest of West Seattle Golf Course covered a good part of West Seattle's Fairmount Park Neighborhood.

This is primarily a residential neighborhood with tidy streets and homes that appeared to go up in price the further north and west they were. The area is hilly with some homes having nice views of the Sound.

35th Avenue SW is a busy street. Providence Mount Saint Vincent and West Seattle Golf Course (both pictured in a prior post) are on its northern end. Camp Long is just south of the golf course; it has an environmental learning center, a native plant interpretive garden, cabins, picnicking, trails, a climbing rock and a hub and spoke ropes challenge course. I will return to explore more fully.

A little further south on 35th is the High Point Branch of the Seattle Public Library. (It is not open on Fridays so I couldn't scope out the inside but it looked bright and airy.)

Outside the library, I spotted a sign pointing towards Longfellow Creek, a Dragonfly Pavilion, Roxhill Park/Bog and Viewpoint Park Pond - looks as if I'm in for another good walk nearby.

South of the library is the High Point Medical Dental Clinic and south of that, new homes are under construction.

I continued south as far as Morgan Street, passing the Car Wash Palace, a Walgreen's and the West Seattle Food Bank.

Further west, I passed Fairmount Park Elementary which is expanding, quiet streets,

a staircase at 37th and Findlay that is easier/safer to climb up than down (I did both).

Along the way, I spotted all kinds of landscaping including lots of lavender attracting bees,

the Free Range Mercantile bus,

a proposed land use action to replace one house with five townhouses, a Water Taxi Shuttle stop, a sign to free Bradley Manning,

Young at Art,

a mural painted on a shed in Camp Long

and some lovely streets.

Another great walk.

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