Great Park With a Great View
This park has a great view of the water and downtown Seattle. It sits on the Burke-Gilman trail, so it is an ideal place for bicyclers, walkers, and runners to stop by. Historically, this twenty acre site was cleared for a plant to manufacture gas from coal, later turned into crude oil. The import of natural gas made the plant obsolete so it was later turned into a park. Part of the original "gasworks" (the exhauster-compressor) is still here and has since been painted with bright colors and turned into a children's play area. There is a hill that is popular for flying kites and a sundial. This is a nice walk or bike ride from the University District - just take the Burke Gilman trail, which runs along the southern part of the University of Washington. I found this to be a great place from which to view the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Of course, many others think so too, so it can be quite crowded. Be sure to get there early to get the best spot if you are planning to view the fireworks over the water from here.