Ravenna Park is located just north of the U District. The 50-acre park is known for its hiking paths, jogging, and picnic areas. Other features of the park include recreation fields, children’s play area, tennis courts and a wading pool.
The history of Ravenna Park is very interesting and is best described on the Seattle Park and Recreation website. It says, “The Ravenna Park ravine was formed when melt-off from the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet formed Lake Russell and cut drainage ravines through new glacial fill. Lake Russell disappeared when the Ice Sheet retreated north of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, but various features remained, including the Green Lake drainage basin, which continued to empty through the Ravenna ravine into Lake Washington.” The Ravenna Creek now flows through the ravine.