Why students from Edmonds visited West Seattle’s Schmitz Preserve Park

(WSB photos by Leda Costa)

It’s a special spot in West Seattle, unlike any place in the entire city … Schmitz Preserve Park, a 53-acre forested oasis with old-growth trees, streams, and more. So special that it draws visitors from many miles around … including this high-school group from Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds:

Their visit to the park on Tuesday with teacher Chris Brown included work to assess the value of a tree – from a variety of viewpoints. And studying their value leads to appreciation for preserving them. Brown has a special link to this forest – he’s a member of the Schmitz Family, whose donated land created the park more than a century ago. And so another Schmitz Family member dropped by the park to say hi while Brown’s students were doing their work in the woods:

Standing in front of Brown are, from left, Vicki Schmitz Block, Jack Block, and Bruce Stotler – the Schmitz Park neighbor who made news recently for selling his home to the city, far below market price, so it will become part of the park when he’s gone. Its enduring importance was exemplified by the students’ project; Brown explained that the students spent 10 weeks “combining environmental science with art, PE, and (other disciplines).” After we talked with them briefly, they continued northbound on the main park trail to Alki:

If you’ve never visited Schmitz Preserve Park – its main entrances are on the east side of Alki Community Center and from Admiral Way east of the historic bridge. (Here’s a map.)

3 Replies to "Why students from Edmonds visited West Seattle's Schmitz Preserve Park"

  • workdowntown April 19, 2018 (11:11 am)

    Ok, I have to ask.  Is this Jack Block the one the other park is named for?

    • WSB April 19, 2018 (11:14 am)

      Yes, he is former longtime Port Commissioner Jack Block.

  • RayWest April 19, 2018 (4:27 pm)

    Are there ever any guided nature walks through here?  I’ve always wanted to go but worry about safety concerns being in a somewhat isolated place. Same with Lincoln Park.

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