One thing that you can appreciate in the City of Seattle are the arts and crafts! It's the one of the cities in the United States that value arts. Everywhere you go, there is an art or anything of that sort- murals on the walls, paintings at the airport, etc.
At Gasworks Parks, there are many sculptures that you can see. The Gasworks Park is a great park to bring your children, too to play.
In this picture, you see Gasworks Park that I took from my Duck Tour.
At the fringe of the Fremont district, Gas Works park has a large history. It was the sight of the major gasworks plant that supplied gas lighting to the city of Seattle. Now it is decommissioned, yet large pieces of the equipment still dot the 19-acre sight as a reminder of the past. The big hill of the park is popular for flying kites, and affords a great panoramic view of downtown Seattle across lake Union. There is a play area as well for the youngins.
The Burke-Gilman Trail runs pas the park along the old railroad lines which provides dozens of miles of walking and biking.
Gas Works Park is located on the south end of Lake Union and provides views of various areas of Seattle, from downtown to Queen Anne, parts of Fremont, Wallingford, Montlake, and Capital Hill. The park was originally some sort of gas refining facilitiy and they chose to keep intact some of the structures of the old industry. Some are off limits (and rusting quite badly) while others are on a mini-display.
This is a park that has a lot of people with their dogs. They were all running around. Also, a lot of runners come through as there are some hills and the popular Burke-Gilman trail runs through. The area has a lot of wind, so there is kite flying options as well.
The strangest thing was a sundial on top of the largest hill. The problem with a Sundial in Seattle is there is usually no sun shining! Never the less, it was a very interesting one, with carvings and mosiac pieces.
UPDATE: My favorite TV show, The Amazing Race, started and will end at this park during their 2006 fall season. What a nice surprise to see the teams being flown in via seaplane to this location. Can't wait to see the finale!
Gasworks Park is located on the north side of Lake Union. It was created in 1962 and really did used to be an old gas manufacturing plant.
The view across Lake Union to downtown Seattle is spectacular, and it's a good spot to watch sea planes take off and land. But the thing I usually take visitors to see is the mosaic sun dial on the top of the small hill.
Gasworks Park is one of the Seattle movie spots - this is where they played paint ball in the movie "10 Things I Hate About You". (There isn't paintball here in the real world.)
The place is mobbed on the 4th of July with people watching the fireworks over Lake Union.
The web link is to Wikipedia, which has some great info about the park.
Oh, and those white boats you see in the picture are the "Ride the Duck" boats. They enter Lake Union just ot the east of the park.
Gasworks park I thought was special. Special Features include a sundial, and a beautiful view of Seattle with a lake in the foreground but it's a great example of restoring an industrial area and making it a green space.
In most city's this would have been a toxic area where no one would be aloud. Not in Seattle!
The city acquired the site for a park in 1962 and opened it to the public in 1975. All the obsolete equipment has been converted for example the boiler house has been converted to a Picnic Shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. An exhauster-compressor building is now a children's play barn.
I just thought this was a great place. It looked like a popular place to just lye back and take it all in and relax!
This is a great place to spend a few hours or even a day relaxing and reading and enjoying the view of Seattle. The Park is the old infrastructure left over from the gas works industry and is now fenced off but provides a cool backdrop to the surrounding grassy park area. Its on a little bit of land that juts out into harbour and is on the other side from the downtown part.
This is in my opinion probably one of the top 3 best parks in Seattle. You get the best view of the city, always a picture perfect moment. You MUST visit Gas Works Park if your visiting Seattle. You can knock out 3 birds with one stone because right by Gas Works is the Troll under the Bridge and Fremont in general which always fun and a great place to grab a bite to eat.
This was always one of my favorite places to go as a kid. To someone who has no history here, it may, however, just look like an average looking hill with a bunch of old rusted buildings fenced off. But I liked climbing on some of the more child friendly parts, it was the most unusual playground I had ever seen. Gasworks Park also regularly hosts live concerts and events. There are some great views of Seattle here, and you can just sit back with your toes in the water for awhile.