From national parks that protect entire ecosystems to neighborhood and city parks that offer urban recreation and entertainment opportunities at every turn, Seattle's green spaces are as diverse as the region. Take remote Olympic National Park, for example, where you can hike along a beach part of the day, later ending up in the mountains (after passing through a temperate rainforest en route.) As for urban access recreation, one park offers a field devoted to remote-controlled aircraft, while another allows visitors to join in a game of lawn bowling.
Of course, in the eco-conscious Pacific Northwest, many parks serve as preserves and oases for native plants and wildlife. That list includes Olympic, mentioned above, as well as Mt. Rainier National Park, both of which are home to multiple indigenous and protected species. In the city, Woodland Park is known for its world-class zoo, but it also serves as a hugely popular gathering spot, with expansive picnic areas and open fields, in addition to a formal rose garden and a sports complex (complete with a skate park). Reclamation is another theme, with one city park built atop a former natural gas energy plant and yet another on the site of a historic military fort. Seattle’s gold rush history proves the theme at Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park, where interpretive tours include panning demonstrations.