VOW has partnered with the Ciity of Seattle to restore trails in this gem of Capital Hill. So far we have completed over 500 feet of trail, built a number of grantie steps, removed several tons of invasives, and planted many new trees.
The park has a rich and interesting history:
In the 1890s, Interlaken Boulevard was the principal bike and buggy path linking Capitol Hill with the boulevards on Lake Washington. The conversion around that time of the high bicycle wheel to the low bicycle wheel made bicycles much easier to ride and very popular. Assistant City Engineer George F. Cotterill, conscious of the hazards of biking on city streets lined with planks, toured the city to look for good bikeways. His bike trails formed the basis of the citys boulevard system, and in 1903, the Olmsted Brothers approved Interlaken as a boulevard route. It soon became popular with walkers and auto drivers, who appreciated the views of mountains and lakes. In 1913, five acres of the Interlaken area were set aside as Boren Park to honor Louisa Boren Denny, the last surviving member of the party of pioneers that landed at Alki in 1851.
-Seattle Parks and Recreation
Come out and join us as we work to reduce the number of harmful invasives and make the trails safe and comfortable for all. To sign up for an Interlaken work party please click over to our online calendar or contact VOW at email@example.com or 206 517-3019.
Like all VOW projects, volunteers at Interlaken must sign a release form, and those under the age of 18 need to have a permission form signed by a parent/guardian. Click here for the City's permission form.