Earlier this spring I started visiting parks in Magnolia so I can do previews for them. Discovery Park is the big one. In fact, it’s the largest park in terms of total acreage in the city of Seattle.
I’ve only been to one small part of the park so far. The biggest drawback is that it’s primarily a park for the robust. Vehicle traffic within the park is extremely limited, so you have to walk the 500+ acres.
The most popular attraction at Discovery Park is the beach and lighthouse, but getting there requires a 1.5 mile hike each way for most people. There is an eight space parking lot at the beach, but you need a special permit to park there, permits available only to adults with small children and those with mobility issues that make them physically unable to do the hike.
So if getting a permit seems like too much hassle, or you’re not eligible, but the hike has prevented you from going, the summer beach shuttle could be your ticket to finally visiting this park.
The shuttle will be running on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, from May 28th to September 5th. The shuttle will also run on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. You can catch the shuttle at the Visitor Center’s north parking lot bus stop.
When the shuttle is running no beach parking permits will be issued, though two slots are still reserved for those with disabled placards.