Gas Works Park

2101 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA

Submitted by: Mark McCullough

An urban park overlooking Lake Union in Seattle.

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Why It Works

Gas Works is a great place to fly a kite, take a nice walk, or have a in depth conversation with a loved one. Seattle and Lake Union can be seen from every vista. The size of the park is just over 19 acres.

From the Seattle Parks Department:

Gas Works Park has a Play Area with large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Burke-Gilman Trail begins at Gas Works parking lot and follows the Burlington-Northern Railroad 12.5 miles north to Kirkland Log Boom Park. Except at intersections it is completely isolated from traffic. Special Features include a sundial, and a beautiful view of Seattle.

What Makes Gas Works Park a Great Place?

Gas Works Park is one of those places that everyone in Seattle uses. There is adequate parking, nearby bus stops, and it is close to residential neighborhoods.

Gas Works Park was once an industrial wasteland. The city converted the site into a park with several "industrial" play toys. There are still old boilers, smoke stacks, etc...but it does give you the sense of environmental cleanup.

A great place to fly a kite, watch fireworks, or take a walk. There are places to sit, picnic benches, play toys, and lots of grass. The park is primarily used by the under 40 crowd and also is a great place for kids.

This is a primarily localís park. It is a great place to talk, walk, and play. More often then not the park is used by small groups or couples, although there are festivals at the park.

History & Background

From the Seattle Parks Department website:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal - later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950's made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a Picnic Shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children's play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.

Contact Info:

Seattle Parks Department: 206-684-4075

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