Composite featured image above by Cynthia Andrews
With spring setting in and a growing urge to evacuate myself from indoor spaces, I can’t help but think about all of the fun stuff that I am going to do when it’s summer. I can’t wait to head to a park and sit in the sun, go for a swim in Lake Washington and browse fresh produce at my local farmer’s market. In short, I can’t wait to be outside as much as possible. This “When It’s Summer” mental playlist is sort of on a loop in my head this time of year.
During my most recent round of “When It’s Summer,” I started thinking about all of the summer spots that I’ve likely been missing out on. You see, I tend to stick to the same places, my go-to’s. There’s Cal Anderson Park for park’n it, and when I want to go for a dip in Lake Washington, I head to Madison Park Beach. And if I am in the mood to stroll through a farmer’s market, I head to the Capitol Hill Broadway Farmer’s Market. But then I started to wonder: What about all of the other parks and swim spots that aren’t on my radar? What other fun-under-the-sun locations around Seattle am I missing?
So I decided: This year, I am expanding my horizons and venturing outside of my usual haunts. But where to go? This is a situation that calls for a viz, stat! After searching for data that would give me the down-low on all of the summer spots in Seattle, I found this awesome data set on data.seattle.gov. Not only does it include information about some of my forgotten favorites (such as the Golden Gardens Park fire pits), it has information about all of the parks, pools, beaches and other Seattle summer attractions that were not on my radar.
If you live in the Seattle area and you love summer, this viz is for you. Enjoy!