destination agriculture: marymoor park

This 640-acre park at the north end of Lake Sammamish was once known as Willowmoor Farm, home of the Anna and James Clise family. Anna was a social reformer who helped found Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, and James was a Seattle businessman. Together, they transformed a rustic hunting lodge into a country estate, building a 28-room Arts and Crafts-style mansion in 1904.
Willowmoor Farm gained international fame for its progressive farming methods, prized Ayrshire cattle from Scotland and Morgan horses bred for the U.S. Army.

In 1962 the property was purchased by King County, and became a regional park. The Clise Mansion, and other historic features are preserved as a landmark district and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There are several trails and a 40 acre off-leash dog park along the Sammamish River, which make for a wonderful family/canine outing on a sunny day.

The park is also a Listen4Culture site, so while you are visiting, call 206.296.4848 and enter #201 from your cell for additional history and a personal tour.

Click here for the park’s website with additional visitor information and hours.

Image: © 2010, Marymoor Park off-leash area, courtesy of Steve Link