Paramount Open Space is a 10.4 acre conservation area located just north of state route 523 (NE 145th Street). There are multiple access points including a small public lot with free parking at 946 NE 147th Street and three signed entrances:
1. 10th Ave NE and NE 151st Street
2. 11th Ave NE and NE 152nd Street
3. 12th Ave NE and NE 148th Street
More information about the park can be found on The City of Shoreline’s website.
Paramount Open Space is a long narrow park oriented along Little’s Creek which runs south and joins Thornton Creek in Seattle. The southern end of the park includes a wetland that was restored in the 1990s. A number of short trails meander through the park and most radiate out from a small grassy opening adjacent to the public parking lot at the end of 147th street to the three street entrances.
The City of Shoreline’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services manages Paramount Open Space as a natural area. Specifically this means the park is managed to provide aesthetic relief and physical buffers from the impacts of urban development and offer access to natural areas for urban residents. Natural areas may also preserve significant natural resources, native landscapes, and open spaces. Shoreline has 80 acres of natural areas, of which Paramount makes up 13%.
Amenities: Because the park is managed as a natural area it has few amenities. The only infrastructure includes trails and a few scattered trash cans and benches. There are no fees to use this park. Camping is prohibited. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The land currently designated as Paramount Open Space was acquired slowly from the late 1960s through the early 2000s. Prior to becoming a park much of the land was a peat bog, much of which was mined during the early 1900s. [Read more…]
Paramount Open Space is small, but this small place contains a variety of habitats from dry upland forests with pacific madrone to a small creek that meanders through wetlands that were once a peat bog. [Read more…]
Ecological restoration is important because invasive species will slowly take over our forests dramatically changing their character, reducing habitat for wildlife, and diminishing biological diversity. [Read more…]