Residents describe Bitter Lake as a little slice of paradise in Seattle’s north end. This small body of spring fed water was once the site of a sawmill. Floating logs released tannic acid, thus the lake’s unusual name. From 1930 to 1961, Playland Amusement Park attracted patrons to the lake. Today, people still enjoy the lake and adjoining park featuring a wading pool, tennis courts, playfield and Community Center that hosts events, programs, and classes. Two main shopping districts, Greenwood Avenue and Aurora Avenue(Hwy 99), offer a wide variety of services, stores, and restaurants. Highway 99 and I-5 are easily accessed-a plus for commuters. Single family homes, condos, and apartment complexes, including senior apartments are available.