Also called Sand Point–Magnuson Park and most often simply Magnuson Park, this 350-acre park northeast of the University District was once an active naval air base. Evidence of the park's roots are on full (if somewhat decrepit) display, with barracks and hangars in various stages of use and upkeep. Keep your focus on the areas toward the lake, as the paved trails are wonderful for cycling, jogging, or pushing a stroller. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails; a gigantic off-leash area includes one of the few public beaches where pooches can swim. Farther south, on the mile-long shore, there's a swimming beach, a seasonal wading pool, and a boat launch. Innovative art is threaded through the grounds, including Fin Art (made from submarine fins, on Kite Hill) and "Straight Shot," allowing visitors to experience what a surveyor does. A fabulous playground engages little ones near the north end. To get here from the U-District, you can follow 45th Street northeast past the University
Village shopping center until it turns into Sand Point Way, and then follow Sand Point until you reach the park. If you're coming from Downtown, take I–5 to the 65th Street exit and head east on 65th until you reach the park. Note that traffic around University Village is usually pretty slow, especially on weekends.