I am continuing in my sharing of photography I did when I was up in the Seattle area in September. Today, I have attached 9 shots I took of Gas Works Park on Lake Union in Seattle. This urban park is really an interesting experience. Check this Wikipedia Link to see an aerial of the park to get an idea the size, how much is grass and how much is left over from the gasification plant.
For anyone not familiar with this park, Gas Works Park is a 19-acre public park located on the north shores of Lake Union. Lake Union is just north of downtown and is well known for the houseboats that dot the shoreline as permanent residence (used in movies like Sleepless in Seattle). Besides pleasure boating, the lake is also used for seaplanes landing and departing between Seattle and the San Juan Islands as well as Victoria, Canada on Vancouver Island. The site itself is the old Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. The park is famous for the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The land was bought by the city of Seattle in 1962 for purposes of turning it into a park. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
The first shot confirms you are in Seattle with the Space Needle in the background and gives you an idea of the expanse and openness of the lawn area.
The second shot shows part of the largest part of the plant that is still on the site. The last time I was here (2.5 years ago), these structures weren’t fenced off and there wasn’t the amount of graffiti on them. I am assuming the two are related.
The third shot zooms in on the structure; with the graffiti being a rather sad statement to the intent of the park.
Shot number 4 gives you an idea of some of the remnants that are free-standing scattered across the lawn.
Number 5 is a series of concrete arches that must have supported large pipes connecting the facility just displayed with the facility in the next series of photographs.
Shots number 6 -9 are pipes clustered around and in a pavilion across the park from the initial shots. The bright colors remind you of a children’s playground.
I hope I have done the park justice with these shots and given you a taste of the uniqueness of it. I applaud the city for their dream of turning this into what is the most unusual urban park I have ever been to. Thoughts?
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