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Schmitz Park, Seattle

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Schmitz Park, also known as Schmitz Preserve Park, is a 53.1-acre (21.5 ha) park around 15 blocks east of Alki Point in West Seattle, Washington. It features Schmitz Park Creek and one of the last stands of old-growth forest in the city.

Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz donated 30 acres (12 ha) of the park to the city in 1908. They wanted their land to be used as a park. (Ferdinand was a German immigrant who moved to Seattle in 1887 and was the city's Parks Commissioner from 1908 to 1914). Additions to the park were purchased in 1909, 1930, 1947, and 1958, making the park grow over 20 more acres (8 ha).

In 1949, a "preservation policy" was applied to Schmitz Park. It stated that only foot trails were allowed and all signs were to be removed from inside the park's borders. This policy still remains today.

In 1953, Schmitz Park Elementary School opened to the public. The school sits adjacent to Schmitz Park.

In January 2018 Seattle City Council Bill No. CB 119169 authorized the purchase of a 5,000-sq. ft. lot at the southeast edge of the park from Bruce Stotler for $225,000, less than half its assessed value.
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  • We walked up from Alki, which is actually quite manageable. The trails themselves are fairly well maintained; they could be a little better kept so the hills don't slide, but overall they're... 
    We walked up from Alki, which is actually quite manageable. The trails themselves are fairly well maintained; they could be a little better kept so the hills don't slide, but overall they're...  more »
  • This is a great place to hike and just take a walk. Its so peaceful and the trees are tall. Mostly dirt path so it can get muddy. There is a creek where you can listen and enjoy nature. 
    This is a great place to hike and just take a walk. Its so peaceful and the trees are tall. Mostly dirt path so it can get muddy. There is a creek where you can listen and enjoy nature.  more »
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  • Awesome hidden gem in West Seattle. I had no idea this existed. Beautiful trees all around, a creek, and cool trails. Do the easy hike end be surprised by wooden sculptures ❤
  • This is a hidden gem in West Seattle. A wonderful nature walk that makes you feel transported to a mountain trail. While the trails aren't marked well, it is not hard to stay on track (and even if you get a bit lost, you're likely not far from where you need to go).

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