The U.S. Naval Air Station at Magnuson in 1953 before it became a park
The U.S. Naval Air Station at Magnuson in 1953 before it became a park
On any given Saturday morning, Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle is pleasantly humming with the activity of dog walkers, gardeners, athletes young and old, people taking numerous, various community classes, boaters, kite flyers and people just strolling along enjoying the many vistas and opportunities in this outstanding park.

This Saturday morning, March 20th, you can deepen your appreciation of Magnuson Park with a free historic walking tour of the park led by historian Roger Van Oosten. This is the sixth year this popular walk has been offered and you’ll get a chance to find out what those huge, old building were used for and the kinds of activities that took place when the park looked very different as a U.S. Naval Air Station.

The tour meets at 10:00 am in the lobby of the Magnuson Community Center and ends at noon. Enter the main gate of the park, take the first right, go a block and the community center will be on your left.

Before or after the walk, you can hit up the Seattle Tilth plant sale and start planning your garden. This is the first year for the Early Spring Edible Plant Sale, which will be held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Hangar 30.

From the website: “Choose from an amazing selection of edible plant varieties proven to perform well in the Pacific NW during the cool season, starring rare and heirloom organic vegetables. We will also be selling perennial edibles such as favorite cane fruits, unusual fruiting shrubs and trees from One Green World in Oregon, culinary herbs and edible flowers.

Patty Pan Grill and Mighty-O Donuts will be on hand to take care of the appetite you work up lugging plants around. Seattle Tilth offers a number of tips on how to succesfully navigate the sale on their website. Presentations on Perennial Edibles, Top Ten Tools and Outdoor Seed Starting will also be offered.

Map of Magnuson Park

Community Free historic tour and Tilth plant sale this weekend at Magnuson Park