"Gas Works Park" National/Local - Parks/Gardens Tip by goshawk301

National/Local - Parks/Gardens, Seattle: 44 reviews and 135 photos

  Old gas plant in the park
by goshawk301

There once was a coal-to-gas conversion plant on the north shore of Lake Union, north of downtown Seattle, which stopped operation in 1950s. In the early 60s the city purchased the land for a park, but clean-up took a long time and it was only in 1975 that the area finally opened as the Gas Works Park.

A fun and unique feature of the park is that some of the gas factory installations have been retained and incorporated into its design. Some towers and chimneys were left standing as they were, creating a surrealistic, post-industrial landscape; other installations have been painted in brilliant colors and converted into children's play structures.

The rest of the park is grass-covered; there is a small, grassy knoll just to the west of the gas towers, which has been the mecca for kite-flying in Seattle. From everywhere in the park you get a great view of the downtown Seattle across Lake Union.

Metro bus: #26. Get off at N. 35th St. and Wallingford Ave. and walk south towards the water.

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  • Written Jan 21, 2004
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