Magnuson Park

Basketball (Full)
Bike Trail
Boat Launch (Motorized)
Community Center
Dog Off Leash Area
Hiking Trails
Kite Flying
Picnic Sites
Play Area/Playground
Tennis Court (Outdoor)
Wading Pool or Water Feature
Windsurfing
Address: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
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About the Park

Discover a great urban park which includes pieces of Seattle’s
military past and eco-friendly future! Warren G. Magnuson Park sits
on a splendid mile-long stretch of Lake Washington’s shoreline
in northeastern Seattle. At 350 acres, it is Seattle’s second
largest park.

This former Navy airfield has transformed into a unique combination
of features and activities for you to enjoy: recreation and leisure—boating,
swimming, walks, kite flying, to name a few; sports fields; natural
areas; and a historic campus.

Highlights

» Activities & Special Features
» Sand Point Historic District Organizations

Who was Warren G. Magnuson?
Warren Grant “Maggie” Magnuson (April 12, 1905–May 20,
1989) represented the state of Washington in the United States Senate
from 1944 until 1981. When he left the Senate he was the most senior
member of the body.

His connections to the City of Seattle included, secretary of the Seattle
Municipal League from 1930-31; special prosecuting attorney for King
County in 1931.  His political career began as a member of the
Washington State House of Representatives from 1933-1934.  This
was followed by serving as a United States district attorney in 1934
and then again as a prosecuting attorney for King County from 1934-1936.
During the Second World War he served in the United States Navy and
attained the rank of lieutenant commander and served for almost one
year on the USS Enterprise. Magnuson served as a member of the United
States House of Representatives, representing the Washington’s 1st congressional
district from 1937 to 1944.

Senator Magnuson introduced several bills to the U.S. Congress that
would have increased the significance of naval activities on the Sand
Point peninsula.  In 1938, he unsuccessfully backed a bill to establish
a second Naval Academy on Puget Sound.  In 1940 and 1945 he attempted
to make NAS Seattle an upper division academy for the west coast.
These proposals were also not carried forward.  In May 1950, it
was reported that Senator Magnuson along with Representative Henry M.
Jackson, met with the Naval Air Station Civic Development Association
to discuss ways to keep the station open.  However, it was also
reported that Senator Magnuson was “quietly working with the University
of Washington” to develop the framework for transferring the station
to the university for an expanded campus

In 1976, the City Council authorized the initial development of Sand
Point Park (CB 97246) in the eastern portion of former Naval Air Station,
Seattle.  In May 1977, Sand Point Park was renamed for Senator
Magnuson, who helped to secure federal funding for developing the park.