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Originally published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

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Jackson Park has new path encircling old golf course

Weave between peaceful woods, the ‘whock’ of golf balls and busy roads in North Seattle park.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Walk in the Park

Where: Jackson Park Golf Course

Location: 1100 N.E. 135th St., Seattle

Length: 2.2 miles of trail around 200-acre golf course/park

Level of difficulty: A gravel trail that’s mostly flat with the exception of two, short steep climbs. Only a short stretch is wheelchair accessible.

Facilities: This historic golf course includes an 18-hole course, 9-hole course, clubhouse and restaurant. The city recently completed a perimeter trail and is building a double-deck driving range, scheduled to be ready by August.

Setting: Opened in 1930, this public golf course is managed by Premier Golf Centers LLC, which on behalf of the city of Seattle also oversees Interbay Golf Center and public courses in Jefferson Park and West Seattle. The parks, however, are managed by the city.

Jackson Park is located in North Seattle, just east of Interstate 5 and bordering Shoreline. To help serve the residential development surrounding the park, city officials have recently carved out a trail for morning walkers and weekend strollers. The course is fenced so that trail walkers are buffered from golf carts and stray balls.

Half-mile markers have been erected, and by April the city plans to put a kiosk with a trail map by the main parking lot. Seattle artist Celeste Cooning has been commissioned to complete a 20-foot sculpture by June, to be located near the trailhead.

Before the trail was even completed, locals started walking the trail every morning.

Highlights: The trail has several entry points; the most easily accessed are from the main golf-course parking lot and across from the South Jackson Park “Park & Ride” lot on Fifth Avenue Northeast near 133rd Street.

The best place to start is at the main parking lot and walk east. Look for a gravel trail in the wooded area. The trailhead is under a lush canopy of Douglas firs and cedars and leads to a short bridge over Thornton Creek. About a quarter-mile in, the setting changes as the trail is flanked by Hole 1 and 2 of the golf course. Part of the trail connects to a public sidewalk on 145th Avenue, a high traffic area where there isn’t much buffer between the sidewalk and street. But as you get to the northeast corner, the trail leads you back to a wooded area.

Restrictions: Leash and scoop law in effect. Open daily, dawn till dusk.

Directions: Take Interstate 5 north to Exit 174 (Northeast 130th Street /Roosevelt Way), go left on Fifth Avenue Northeast, right onto Roosevelt Way Northeast and left onto Tenth Avenue Northeast to Northeast 135th Street.

For more info: www.seattle.gov/parks or 206-233-7921

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or tvinh@seattletimes.com. On Twitter: @tanvinhseattle

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