New park alert: Check out the Capehart section of Seattle's Discovery Park
The Capehart section of Discovery Park protects plants and animals but also has room for humans to roam.
Ngoc Ngyen, Yesler Youth Media
Now there's even more to love about Seattle's Discovery Park: 27 acres of new forest and wildlife habitat at Discovery Park.
Known as the Capehart site, it formerly held military housing dating to 1958.
The city, volunteers and nonprofit partners restored the site to feature green open space, meadows, woodlands and better wildlife habitat. There are two new walking/hiking trails, plus barriers to keep users from going off-trail and protect habitat. Tens of thousands of plants were added, including native ground-cover, shrubs and trees throughout the site.
The work was completed and the site unofficially opened in 2018. An official, grand-opening celebration was held this spring.
The Capehart site is in the northeast corner of the park, just off the new crosswalk across Discovery Park Boulevard. It is approximately a 20-minute walk from most parking lots.
Friends of Discovery Park has more about the project on its website.