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Matthews Beach Park, Seattle

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Matthews Beach Park is a 22-acre (0.9 km²) park in the Matthews Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is a popular swimming beach in the summer, although it is also open during winter months.
The park also hosts an annual "Polar Bear Plunge" sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation on New Year's Day.
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  • This park was a lot more than I expected! Large wooded areas, a few simple walking paths, the fields and beach; it may not sound like much on paper, but it's a very relaxing location. Lots of... 
    This park was a lot more than I expected! Large wooded areas, a few simple walking paths, the fields and beach; it may not sound like much on paper, but it's a very relaxing location. Lots of...  more »
  • It's in a secluded area and it isn't crowded like it is in greenlake.There are lifeguards on duty and the scenery is just wish worthy.A very fun filled place with place to eat and sit to have a nice.....  more
    It's in a secluded area and it isn't crowded like it is in greenlake.There are lifeguards on duty and the scenery is just wish worthy.A very fun filled place with place to eat and sit to have a nice.....  more »
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  • This was one of my favorite places to go growing up, some 40 years ago. I stopped by yesterday since I was in the neighborhood, and was very saddened by what I saw. It appears as though whomever is responsible for upkeep of the park, has had the last few months off. Weeds are growing everywhere, the entirety of the lawn was unkempt and very long. The parking lot was dirty with trash blowing everywhere. It looked like a wasteland. If I didn't live 50 miles away, I would organize a neighborhood clean up. I took a quick drive down to Magnuson Park and was met with the same lack of pride. You'd think that with Seattle being one of the most expensive places to live in the country, they could afford to maintain public areas like this much better.
  • Matthews Beach Park seemed more relaxed than some other parks in Seattle. Tall trees on a gentle hill shade a few paths that lead to secluded picnic tables and a playground. A lengthy intracity trail goes through also. Most come for the beach on Lake Washington in summer (or for winter polar bear swims). There are beautiful views on the shoreline as well. Parking can be limited on busy days, but I managed to find a slot.

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