Gas Works Park

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Gas Works Park Seattle Reviews

aelder2259 aelder22…
216 reviews
One of Seattle's favorite parks Jun 28, 2008
Gasworks park is a very popular place for locals and tourists alike. Part of the park is the remnants of the old gasworks. There's a big hill that has a sun dial on top of it and is a great spot to fly kites. It's also a great spot to picnic or just sit and relax and view Lake Union and downtown Seattle.

During the 4th of July, Gasworks Park is crowded with people ready to view the city's firework displays over Lake Union.
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Traveling_Brian Travelin…
32 reviews
Nov 04, 2007
Gasworks Park is probably my favorite park in Seattle. From the moment you see it, you begin to understand just how unique it is. The park is best defined for its gasification plant.

You are probably wondering what the heck a "gasification plant" is. In short, a gasification plant is a facility that converts materials, such as coal, biomass, and petroleum, into a gas that can be to produce energy. Apparently it is a highly efficient and clean process to extract energy from a wide variety of materials.

The plant was closed back in the late 1950's and was purchased by the city for purposes of turning it into a park. The city decided to incorperate different parts of the plant into the park. As a result, Gasworks Park was born and opened to the public in 1975.

The park sits North of Lake Union, providing visitors with a distant but nice view of the city. There is also a large mound that visitors can walk up to get an amazing view of the city, the boats traveling in and out of the lake, and seaplanes taking off and landing. At the top of this mound is a sundial that is pretty accurate, if the sun comes out!

Gasworks also has a play area for children. Parts of the plant were painted in bright colors and provide a unique play area for children of all ages. This is the only section of the plant that is accessible by the public. The other parts of the plant are protected by a fence.

Closeby you can also find charcoal grills for your own personal use. There is also a restroom for men and woman. A snack shop is open from time to time for those who need refreshments.

Gasworks is a perfect photo opportunity for photographers. The rust color is a striking contrast to the green fields, blue skies, and blue waters surrounding the plant. The plant itself is a marvel of industrial design that is just begging to be photographed from multiple angles.

Kite flyers also find Gasworks to be a dream come true. Due to Gasworks' location and design, it gets plenty of wind. This makes Gasworks a perfect place to fly a kite any time of the year. You'll find kids flying kites as well as grown adults showing off their stunt kites. Its often a smart idea to bring a jacket, as the park is likely to be cooler than the rest of the city.

Gasworks Park is also the home to one of Seattle's Fourth of July celebration. It provides the best vantage point of the fireworks shot from Lake Union. But if you arrive on the Fourth of July, be sure to arrive early. It will be packed, but well worth your time!
Gasworks Park - View of Seattle
Gasworks Park - Gasification Plant
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Gasworks Park - Plant Stairs
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chivato chivato
12 reviews
Jun 09, 2007
Gas Works Park is an awesome park along lake union (totally agree) and its a great place to be during the 4th as the fireworks display is on the lake. Vendors set up food stalls, there's games and all sorts of goodness. Though you do tend to have the typical 4th of july problems, parking, crowds, kids (screaming and otherwise) but .. yea, a whole lot of goodness there.
belindakho belindak…
1 reviews
Jun 08, 2007
To experience true Seattle-ness, one must visit the Gasworks park. Bordering Lake Union, this park shows the essence of Seattle with a great view of downtown. It's a happy place. :)
The amazing view from Gasworks Par…
Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
Oct 22, 2006
Gas Works Park in Seattle is a public park converted from an old gasification plant. The Gas Works ran from 1906 to 1956, and was opened as a park in 1975 after extensive decontamination of the soil. The original gas works factory is still in the park, now rusted red and a major feature. The cooling towers are the last of their type, and qualify as industrial archaeology. The other main feature is the "Great Mound", a hill in the middle of the park created from rubble with a sun dial on top. In summer it is the centre of kite-flying, and in rare winter snows a few desperate skiers and lots of children will take advantage of its slopes.

The park is in Wallingford on the shores of Lake Union. The Burke-Gilman trail goes through the park, and it is a common site for fireworks and public events. The park is one of the most popular in Seattle.
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