Fremont Peak Park is a little pocket park, that I’d never been to until I started hearing about the view, and had to see for myself. You can often see glimpses of a great view heading down into Ballard, but Fremont Peak Park lets you sit and enjoy it. It’s a newer park, which turned a private half-acre bluff into a fantastic public place for all to enjoy.
As you look out to the west, you can see Salmon Bay, the Ballard Bridge, the Magnolia neighborhood, and hopefully the snow-capped Olympic Mountains rising beyond. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see the sun break across a wide area, and the light from the water glint as the Ballard Locks open up to Puget Sound beyond.
The public art includes a thoughtful piece which marks the solstices and equinoxes with shadow, and you can often find gatherings on these occasions, as well as at any dawn or sunset. All you need is a little time and a good viewpoint, and this is a great place to enjoy the passing of the day.