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Chief Leschi Park

Subfacility of City of DuPont Parks & Open Spaces


  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Basketball
  3. Bike Trail
  4. Climbing Rocks
  5. Dogi-Pot Receptacle
  6. Drinking Fountain
  7. Garbage Receptical
  8. Interpretive/ Educational Signage
  9. Landscaped Gardens
  10. Open Turf Area
  11. Picnic Areas
  12. Picnic Tables
  13. Playground
  14. Street Parking
  15. Trail System
  16. Walking Paths (Paved)
  17. Walking Paths (Unpaved)
  18. Wildlife Viewing

Named after the Nisqually Chief, Leschi Park is the largest park on Hoffman Hill, within the heart of the neighborhood. The park features several small playground areas, a large open field, half-size basketball court and is within walking distance to nature trails within the DuPont Trail System (unpaved trails). There is also an interpretive sign which tells the background of the Nisqually Chief. 
On the west side across from Ridgeview Drive is access to the KK- Browns Loop Trail which meanders through forest along the bluff overlooking Puget Sound. The trail ends by Pola Andre Park and the trailhead for the HH- Hoffman Hill Trail which spans most of the eastern diameter of Hoffman Hill with access to most of the neighborhood.

Some brief history provided by the DuPont History Museum:

Leschi, along with his brother Quiemuth, were leaders of the Nisqually Tribe. Both worked well with Hudson's Bay Company employees and the American settlers that arrived in the mid 1800s. When Isaac Stevens, the Governor of the Washington territory, wanted to negotiate land settlements with the Natives, he designated Quiemuth as Chief of the Nisqually and Leschi as Sub-Chief. At the Medicine Creek Council of 1854, the reservation mapped out for the Nisquallies was rejected by Leschi, but his signature was forged on the document.

The following year, the Puget Sound Indian-Settler War broke out with Leschi leading the Nisqually, Puyallup and upper Duwamish tribes. The war lasted until the next year and soon after the war, Leschi was arrested and put on trial under the accusation of killing a militiaman. On February 19, 1858, he was executed by hanging at nearby Fort Steilacoom. In December of 2004, a historical court was held that exonerated Leschi of the murder charges.