Gasworks Park

Historic Landmark
Kite Flying
Paths
Picnic Sites
Play Area/Playground
View
Waterfront
Weddings and Ceremonies
Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA
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About the Park

A series of tubes at Gasworks Park

A series of tubes at Gasworks Park

Gas Works Park has a play area with a large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Special park features include a sundial at the top of the hill, and beautiful views of downtown Seattle and Lake Union. Lately, it seems that it’s popular for small afternoon and evening events and it’s pretty common to see people posing for formal and informal pictures around the park.

Gasworks with East Lake Union neighborhood in background

Gasworks with East Lake Union neighborhood in background

You can look most directions from east to south to west and see great views. Above, you can see the hillside neighborhood of East Lake Union nestled behind the park. The old equipment is no longer active, but they seem to get pretty consistent paintings. Interestingly, there are some rather large ivy vines overtaking the equipment. If these vines manage to full cover things, it could end up looking pretty interesting.

Lake Union and Space Needle from Gasworks

Lake Union and Space Needle from Gasworks

According the the Seattle parks website, access to Lake Union is restricted at Gas Works Park, as the lake sediment contains hazardous substances (probably form Gasworks’ original function). There is no swimming, no fishing and no wading in the park. However, it’s easy to enjoy the lake from above, and also take in views of downtown and the Space Needle. Lake Union can be a popular sail boating lake, especially on Tuesday evenings during the summer when they have big “races”, or just an excuse to get out on the lake and have some fun.

A silhouette sunset over the hill at Gasworks Park

A silhouette sunset over the hill at Gasworks Park

The little hill, left over from the days when Gasworks was graded mostly flat, is always a popular spot. People bring their kites, and kids to enjoy the 270+ degree views. Looking up the hill around sunset give one of the unique views at the park.

Do not climb generally is more of a recommendation than a rule.

Do not climb generally is more of a recommendation than a rule.

The only thing the park really lacks is a good playground. The gas works equipment has some climbing and exploration options, but with messages like above, it’s tough to know exactly what the best options are. The fields offer plenty of space for throwing a frisbee or football, or having a small pickup soccer game.

Airplane takeoff from Lake Union as seen from Gasworks Park

Airplane takeoff from Lake Union as seen from Gasworks Park

Watching the float planes take off and land over Lake Union is another interesting thing to do here, and many times the planes will fly directly overhead. And they’re nowhere near as loud as planes down by Sea-Tac.

This is another great park along the Burke-Gilman Trail and can serve as a great pit stop for your ride, run, or stroll.