Mountlake Terrace, Washington

A view of Mountlake Terrace from the street.

Mountlake Terrace is a suburb of Seattle located just north of the city.

Mountlake Terrace is a beautiful Seattle suburb to the north of the city and has a population of just over 19,000 people. Until the Puget Mill Company bought land in the area in 1862, the Mountlake Terrace region was heavily forested; however, by 1900, much of the land had been logged. When the railroad was developed in 1910 the area grew dramatically in population until the 1930s when the Great Depression ruined the railroad.

The area benefited from the vast suburb growth in the United States from the 1950s onward and virtually quadrupled in population from 1950 to 1970. Although the population dipped in the 1980s, new construction in the form of 56th Avenue, along with further plans to boost the local economy, ensures that this forward-thinking area is likely to enjoy future growth.

In terms of attractions, the Olympic View Arena has been described as the best ice skating location in the Seattle area, much in thanks to knowledgeable staff and high quality coaching on hand to help beginners find their feet and enjoy the pleasure associated with the sport. It is also used for ice hockey, with the arena’s spacious seating also receiving fulsome praise.

Ballinger Park features a three-acre island and the 103-acre Lake Ballinger, which Mountlake Terrace co-owns with Edmonds. Fishing is possible all year round, while the local golf course will challenge even the most seasoned player. Ballinger Park is the ideal location for barbecues and picnics if you are in a relaxed mood and more energetic individuals can go boating, as there is a boat launch for non-gas powered boats.

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