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Walk at Colman Park this Saturday

For those of you looking to get out and walk this weekend, there’s an opportunity to join a guided walk this Saturday morning.

Joan Burton and Duse McLean will be doing their monthly walk from their book, Urban Walks, 23 Walks through Seattle’s Parks and Neighborhoods, Saturday, May 7.

With the good weather, we thought it would be a good time to do a walk in one of our favorite parks, so please join us for this month’s walk in Colman Park, on the shore of Lake Washington.

Colman Park is one of Seattle’s beautiful Olmsted parks, designed by the Olmsted Brothers Firm early in the 20th century. We’ll meet at the lower end of the park, along the shore of Lake Washington Boulevard, and walk up through the park to the top side of the park at 31st Avenue So.and end up back down at the lake shore. The walk isn’t long, but it is uphill. For those wanting a longer walk, Mt. Baker Park is just a little south of Colman Park and you can easily add it on after our walk.

Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot along the lake shore, a little south of the I-90 floating bridge: 1800 Lake Washington Blvd.

Free! No reservations – just please join us.


National Start! Walking Day April 6

This April 6 is National Start! Walking Day and people are encouraged to get out and walk for at least 30 minutes out of the day. This initiative has been set up by the American Heart Association and is specifically targeted toward people in the workplace:

It’s simple to get your company to participate in National Start! Walking Day. Start by having your HR representative or Worksite Wellness coordinator fill out this registration form to download the National Start! Walking Day Toolkit for your company. It includes posters, flyers, a PowerPoint presentation and signs, which you can use to set up walking paths around the office. Look for the link to the kit in your confirmation email.


Map of all Seattle Stairways

There is a map that shows all stairways in the city of Seattle, at around 650, including suggested walking routes and more information.

This was part of a blogger’s New Year’s resolution to map, climb, and photograph all stairways in the city in 2010. Seattle All Stairs has a map of all the stairways in the city as well as 29 different walks to take.


Seattle Stairway Walks Blog

Laurelcrest StairsFor those of you who love to get out and participate in urban hiking, Jake and Cathy Jaramillo’s Seattle Stairway Walks blog shares some great routes for exploring Seattle’s pedestrian stairways. The blog shares walking routes on stairways in various parts of the city and includes history, photos, and more. Here’s an excerpt from a recent post about a walk through Laurelhurst:

On this stairway walk you might try to imagine the childish voices of the Duwamish kids who played here 150 years ago, when this little peninsula jutting into Union Bay was a seasonal Indian camp. You might think of the sound of heavy machinery gnawing on the last of the old growth forest, when Yesler Town with its gritty little mill stood here in the 1890s. Or you could consider the ‘thwack’ of a golf ball being struck on Seattle’s first course, laid out here around the same time as Yesler Town was built.

All of this is almost unimaginable nowadays. By 1910, when Seattle annexed “Laurelhurst,” it was a small community of less than 20 homes, isolated by water and rough terrain. Now it’s known as the neighborhood where Bill Gates Jr. grew up, and where Senators Magnuson and Evans retired. It’s very family-oriented, too: the percentage of households with kids is twice that of Seattle as a whole, and many residents who grew up here returned eventually to raise families of their own.

Laurelhurst is sited spectacularly on winding, hilly streets overlooking Union Bay and Lake Washington. You’ll explore a lengthy stairway ending at the Lake Washington shore, right next to the Laurelhurst Beach Club (you can join if you live south of NE 50th Street). You’ll discover a hidden stairway disappearing down a shadowy arbor just off someone’s driveway, and pay a visit to an unexpected pocket park tucked between shorefront homes. If you do a stairway walk here in April, you might be lucky enough to witness the carefully tended landscaping exploding into flower, saturating the neighborhood with sweet perfume.

The blog has appeared in Sunset magazine and the West Seattle Herald, and is a great part of Seattle’s growing walking movement.


Madrona Walking Maps Available

From Central District News:

The 2010 updated edition of the Madrona walking map and business directory brochure is now printed and available at local businesses. This is the second time BOOM (Business Owners of Madrona) have produced a walking map, which is designed to encourage foot traffic and increase exposure of some of the more out of the way shops and services.

You can pick up your copy at any of the usual suspects in the main business district.