Hidden Gems of Seattle: Webster Park
Just before summer turned abruptly to fall here in Seattle, I got the kids out to a new park that I recently found and loved right away.
What a hidden gem this was!
Webster Park is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and shares a property line with the Nordic Heritage Museum on NW 68th Street. The park underwent a huge remodel in 2016. It has a large footprint with nice, updated playground equipment, swings, a large rock climbing structures, sandbox, and paved basketball court. Parking is available on the street or on-site where it shares a border with the museum as the paved courts continue over to a few spots.
Bring a blanket and get yourself cozy on the manicured lawns, this would be a great spot for a picnic!
The playground equipment is also very toddler friendly, yet expansive enough to keep older kids moving. I liked that it wasn't too high off the ground so my little Apple wasn't able to get out of arms reach from me, but it kept them moving.
The large sandbox was packed with construction and digging toys for kids to play with. Both my kids enjoy digging in the dirt so this part kept them occupied for some time.
Then they moved on to the pavement where, surprisingly, we spent most of our time! Two toddler-style plastic ride on toys had been left behind and both of my kids took immediately to them. They took turns switching and riding around the large paved basketball court. There were three hoops (one full size court and one half court) and with so much room we didn't encroach on an older boy practicing his shots on one of them.
Four toddler swings and four standard style swings sit on the west edge of the playground. I love that they've installed so many toddler swings! These are always so coveted at any other playground I take my kids to and with others waiting, I always have to cut Apple off, which results in pulling her out kicking and screaming.
The climbing structure was great for the older kids too with a few "peek-a-boo" holes and low to the ground nets that Apple was able to play on while Totes climbed to the top.
Moms will love the proximity to all. With my kids constantly going in separate directions, I could comfortably sit in the middle where a few benches are placed, as well as ledges for additional seating, and keep an eye on both kids well enough.
The park is also surrounded by dense shrubbery that acts as a barrier from the surrounding streets and gives a nice sense of privacy. When Totes was just a toddler, he thought it was hilarious to run as far away from me as possible. I sought out parks that were enclosed but there weren't many. This park would have been just what I was looking for back then. Luckily Apple doesn't have that same sense of humor.
3025 NW 68th St
Seattle, WA 98117
BONUS: Walter's Cafe and Ice Cream shop is just a few blocks down on 32nd Ave NW so we popped in on our way home!