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The Ridge that runs across the hilltop separating Ballard and Green Lake is enjoying a surge of new family friendly stops along the bustling Phinney / Greenwood Avenues. This ‘hood offers the ultimate in playgrounds – the Woodland Park Zoo.

 History

One of the earliest residents west of Green Lake was the wealthy Guy Phinney, who had his own private estate on the crest of the hill (which would later become Woodland Park and the Zoo). As the area immediately surrounding Green Lake filled with residents and the sawmill there worked its way through the nearby trees, people took advantage of the newly cleared land and moved in. Mr. Phinney encouraged more settlers by putting in his own trolley from Fremont to the area. As more transportation lines were put in, the entire area, including Phinney and Greenwood, became increasingly popular.

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 Activities and Attractions

People from all over the city flock to Woodland Park and Woodland Park Zoo. Rumor has it, if you live on the edge of the park, you get two free passes to the summer ZooTunes concerts! Red Mill Burgers is a must-see, as is the PhinneyWood Art Walk. There also seem to be a high number of pet-related businesses; pets are welcome here! Of course, Green Lake is just a roll down the hill to the east, and Ballard is equally close to the west.

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