Highland Park, located just west of the Boeing Aircraft plant in Seattle, grew up along with that same plant. Most of the homes in this Washington neighborhood were built between 1940 and 1969, corresponding with the increased employment during and after World War II. Just north of Highland Park is Seattle’s industrial district, as well as Safeco Field, home of Seattle’s baseball team, the Mariners. Qwest Field is also in this area and is host to the Seattle Seahawks NFL team.
This is a densely populated area with mostly single-family homes. The community also contains some apartment buildings, a few row houses, and some mobile homes. Highland Park is considered both sophisticated and artsy, and the tree-lined streets are pedestrian-friendly. King County Metro offers transit service along 16th Avenue South West on the western border and along 9th Avenue South West in the middle of the neighborhood.
The West Seattle Reservoir and the adjacent West Crest Park take up much of the lower eastern quarter of Highland Park. Covering more than 81 acres, West Crest Park has hiking trails that lead up to a view platform facing Seattle’s downtown skyline. Picnic sites and play areas that accommodate the physically challenged are available. West Crest also has one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Seattle. Trees, pathways, doggie drinking fountains, shade platforms, and four acres of grassy play area await four-legged friends.
Highland Park Elementary and the Ages in Stages Pre-School are in the community. Just outside the western boundaries is Stealth High School. Highland Park Baptist and Holy Family Catholic Church are also nearby. Westwood Village Shopping Center is west of the neighborhood, with a Staples and a Barnes & Noble. An office of the U.S. Postal Service is close to Highland Park, as is a site to obtain a driver’s license.