Ratings and Reviews
Great for walkers!
This is a fully-fenced park in west Seattle. I've only been here a few times, but everytime has been pleasant. Although I've never had a problem, the area does have a rep for car prowling, so you probably don't want to leave valuables in your car. Also, parking is limited and a lot of people end up parking on the street. The main park has two large fields, and both are excellent for breaking out the Chuckit. There's also a fenced-off section for small dogs, but all the times I've gone there hasn't been anyone using it. The park also has a walking trail with some steep hills for the dogs to run up, and there's a connecting trail you can take with your dog on-leash. This is a pretty popular park, with well-behaved dogs and very friendly owners. It's also a very clean park, which is a huge plus.
A lovely park, but...
French Lake Park has lovely scenery; there are plenty of trees and hills, and even a pond. There are several great spaces to chase balls and frisbees, and the bridge over the pond is a nice touch. The dogs and owners that frequent the park are all very friendly and kind. In terms of aesthetics, French Lake Park has a lot more going for it than other parks. Unfortunately, all the trees and hills and the lack of a defined walking trail make it easy for dogs to disappear to do their business. Of course, it's the responsibility of the dog owners to keep a watchful eye on their dogs, and I've had to step aside dog piles throughout the park, not just in the woodsy parts. Heck, once there was a mess right in front of the entrance gate! Other parks aren't as pretty, but I appreciate being able to walk without keeping my eyes on the ground.