Waterfront Park

Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
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About the Park

Comprising the area from Pier 57 to Pier 59, this park is lined with lamps, benches, and high, curving railings. From either of two pink metal viewing platforms, reached both by stairs and a wheelchair-accessible ramp, you can enjoy excellent views of the city skyline, the waterfront, the ships in drydock, container cranes, the West Seattle Bridge, Magnolia Bluff, Blake Island, Bainbridge, and, on a clear day, the Olympic Mountains. Occasionally you may even see a seal. Four coin-operated telescopes on the sidewalk offer view assistance.

At the north end of the park, nearest the Seattle Aquarium, are benches, picnic tables, and some trees in planters. Waterfront Fountain and its surrounding stairs and walls break up the space into interesting places to linger and enjoy your lunch.

Waterfront Fountain is made of cast and welded bronze shaped in cubical structures. The sculpture was begin by James FitzGerald and, in collaboration with the sculptor’s widow, Margaret Tompkins, was completed by Terry Copple. (Other public fountains by sculptor James FitzGerald are located at the IBM Building [5th Ave. & University St.], Plymouth Congregational Church [6th Ave. & Seneca St.], Intiman Playhouse [Seattle Center], and Jefferson Terrace Retirement Home [800 Jefferson St.]; all are bronze.) At the south end of the park, a somewhat larger than life bronze abstract statue of Christopher Columbus gazes out at the water.

The Aquarium building can be entered from the top of the northernmost viewing platform, as well as from the street. There are public restrooms outside the Aquarium giftshop which are open during Aquarium hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.; summer hours 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.).