Sound Steps presents Olmsted park to park walk

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Volunteer Park, circa 1912

The Sound Steps Walking Program focuses on the health and wellness of adults age 50 and better throughout the Greater Seattle area. It’s a community-oriented organized walking program that promotes physical activity and fellowship.

Next week, Sound Steps will provide a walking tour of Seattle’s historic Olmsted parks. Over the course of August 4th-6th, the program will cover a number of miles and a number of parks, all via pedestrian power. 

Hearty walkers should mark their calendars for an adventurous three-day park to park walk Thursday through Saturday, August 4 – 6. This walk, organized by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Sound Steps Walking Program for walkers 50 and better, highlights the historic Olmsted park plan and some improvements made possible by the voter-approved 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Walk schedule:
Thursday, August 4: Meet at Seward Park’s Caffe Vita (5028 Wilson Ave. S). The walk proceeds from Seward Park to Capitol Hill by way of Genesee Park, Jefferson Park, Cheasty Blvd, Mount Baker Park, and the many other parks along Lake Washington Blvd. 

Friday, August 5:  Meet at Victrola Coffee (411 15th Ave. E). Walk from Capitol Hill to Ballard, by way of Volunteer Park, Interlaken Blvd., the Washington Park Arboretum, the University of Washington campus, Ravenna Park, Green Lake Park, and Woodland Park.

Saturday, August 6: Meet at Aster Coffee (5615 24th Ave. NW). Walk from Ballard to Queen Anne by way of Discovery Park, Magnolia Blvd, Kinnear Park, and Queen Anne Blvd.

Total distance for each day is between 12 and 13 miles. Each day will begin with coffee at 8:30 a.m. and will include stops for lunch, afternoon cold drinks, and an early dinner. The walk itself is free, but you’ll need to pay for your own food and beverages. Although many rest stops are included, the walk pace is moderately brisk.

People can join the walk for one, two, or all three days. It’s one way, so walkers should plan to use Metro, or have an accommodating friend or family member to deliver them each morning and pick them up later in the day.

To join the group for this unique opportunity to experience Seattle’s Olmsted parks on foot, please respond by Tuesday, August 2 to Mari Becker at or 206-684-4664.