The Alki neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, borders the waters of Puget Sound. The word Alki means “by and by” in Chinook and is the Washington state motto. The original settlers of the area called it New York but when this west coast version did not grow as fast as the east coast they changed the name to New York-Alki. Eventually the New York was dropped. A monument to the original 1851 Alki settlers is at the Alki Beach Park.
Located in King County’s 98116 zip code, Alki is now a mid-sized neighborhood with several parks, long stretches of beachfront, and historic Seattle landmarks like the Log House Museum on 61st Avenue.
Alki’s residential areas are within walking distance of schools, churches, and local businesses. The area along Alki Beach Park has several shopping and dining options as well as access to the park’s greenspace and beachfront.
Alki Beach Park offers scenic views of the Olympic Mountains and a 2.5-mile stretch of beach that is ideal for jogging or a casual stroll. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the opportunities at the Alki Playground/Whale Tail Park. It has facilities for soccer, basketball, and baseball, as well as a lighted tennis court. This park’s community center sponsors programs year round for all ages.
The Bar-S Playground, off Admiral Way, is the neighborhood’s “Little League” field site with two ball fields. It is about a block off the beachfront, just east of the Alki Point Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is one of thirteen along the banks of Puget Sound. An Alki landmark since the 1800s, it is operated by the Coast Guard.
On the southern end of the Alki neighborhood is the Me-Kwa-Mooks Park. It is a favorite area for picnics and nature walks through the woods. The larger Schmitz Park with more hiking trails is adjacent to Alki.