Gas Works Park
Last week I had fun in organizing my first Seattle photography Meetup over at Gas Works Park Seattle over on Lake Union. It was a great place for a nighttime shoot as it’s directly across from Downtown Seattle, so you get a great view of the city and Space Needle. It’s still a little chilly here at night, even with a much needed cloudless sky!
Gas Works Park Seattle in Washington State is a 19.1 acres public park on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, located on the north shore of Lake Union at the south end of the Wallingford neighborhood. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places January 2, 2013, more than a decade after being nominated.
Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, and was bought by the City of Seattle for park purposes in 1962. Gas Works Park incorporates numerous pieces of the old plant. Some stand as ruins, while others have been reconditioned, painted, and incorporated into a children’s “play barn” structure, constructed in part from what was the plant’s exhauster-compressor building. A Web site affiliated with The Seattle Times newspaper says, “Gas Works Park is easily the strangest park in Seattle, and may rank among the strangest in the world.”
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