Gas Works Park is definitely one of Seattle’s most unique and historical parks. Not only is there an incredible view of downtown Seattle by way of Lake Union, but the park is also located on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant.
The plant operated from 1906 to 1956 with its sole purpose to manufacture gas from coal, but once natural gas started to import, the gasification plant closed. The City of Seattle then bought the land for park purposes in 1962. The park was originally called Myrtle Edwards Park in honor of a councilwoman who was a leader in obtaining the site, but the Edwards family decided a name gas plant related would
be more appropriate.
Gas Works Park is 19.1 acres and is located on the north shore of Lake Union and the south end of Wallingford. The Burke-Gilman walking and biking trail goes alongside the park. The park has grassy areas for people to hang out, an artificial “kite hill” a picnic area and children’s play area around some of the old plant. Gas Works hosts a lot of events in the summer; for example, Fourth of July fireworks, Summer Solstice events, a summer concert series, “Peace Concerts”, and more.