This sprawling kiddie pool features a great view of the lake as well as lots of lawn for lounging and stands of mature trees for shade. It's the place where the tot set goes to see and be seen during the summer. It's tested periodically for chlorine levels and filled on days when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees. Call the Wading Pool Hotline (above) to make sure the pool's being filled on any particular day.
Of course, the park's popularity makes the wading pool wretchedly crowded on hot days. If you go, we'd recommend getting there early and setting up camp; if you arrive mid-afternoon you'll find yourself parking a mile away and splashing in water positively crawling with other children.
The wading pool is located about halfway around the lake from the Community Center and fabulous children's play area. A walk between the two makes a nice summer outing; if you drive, be prepared to spend time looking for parking.
We like heading to the pool in the evening as it's being drained. The crowds lessen, and the kids enjoy splashing in the receding water and watching it go down the drain.
From I-5 northbound: Exit at Ravenna/NE 65th Street (#170). At bottom of ramp, make a shallow left and another immediate sharp left onto NE Ravenna Boulevard. Travel under freeway through two four-way stops. At the second stop, Gregg's Greenlake Cycle will be on the right. Continue to five-way stop at Northeast Ravenna Boulevard and E Greenlake Way N. Head straight, onto E Greenlake Way N, and drive about one mile to Wallingford. Pool is on the left. From I-5 southbound: Exit at NE 65th Street. At end of ramp, turn right. Head two blocks to five-way stop. Turn right onto E Greenlake Way N, and drive about a mile to Wallingford. Public transit: The #48 bus stops all along E Greenlake Way, at the wading pool, main entrance, and in between. Parking: No lot parking immediately adjacent to pool. Park on E Green Lake Way or side streets.
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