Priest Point Park, Olympia

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Priest Point Park is a public park located in Olympia, Washington. Established in 1905, it was the city's first waterfront park, providing access to the Budd Inlet of Puget Sound.
In 1848 Catholic missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate led by Father Pascal Ricard arrived in the South Puget Sound area, claiming the site as St. Joseph's of New Market. Father Ricard and three other French Canadian priests built two or three simple buildings, including a classroom and chapel, along with an orchard and garden. They operated a school for Indian boys from the local Squaxin Island Tribe. The Nisqually, Puyallup and Snoqualmie used the mission as a trading post. The mission closed in 1860, three years after Pascal left.
In 1905 the land became a city park after plans for a housing development fell through. Volunteers labored to clear trails, install landscaping and re-erect the elaborate two-story Swiss-style chalet donated by Leopold Schmidt of the Olympia Brewery. The building first served as the brewery's pavilion at the 1903-04 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon, and remained at the park until the early 1950s.
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  • Beautiful park with many paths so you can take shorter or longer walks. Some of the paths lead to the water, which is particularly beautiful. There are also barbecue areas, which are unfortunately often occupied by young people to celebrate. With the peace and quiet, there is something to go with the peace and quiet ... Nevertheless highly recommended, because the park is big enough.
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  • We live in the area and often take our dogs walking on the many trails throughout this park. Most of the trails are well groomed enough to also be w/c accessible. There are also great picnic areas, a ...  more »
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  • What a beautiful park!!! It is SO well maintained and groomed. The gardeners and landscapers keep this park, campsites and its trails absolutely impeccable. The trails are endless, from easy and short to long and challenging. I have also witnessed 2 beautiful weddings here. I recommend this place to anyone who us looking for a hidden gem in the woods.
  • Priest Point Park is on two sides of the road with different experiences. They are connected by a bridge. There are several trails through beautiful wooded areas, a great play ground, and trails to the beach. This is one of the few areas with public access to a real beach. The park is well maintained and seems very safe. There are individual and group picnic areas on both sides of the road. This is one of our favorite, frequently visited walking areas.

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