Lake Union Park
Location: 860 Terry Avenue North
In 2005 Seattle Parks Foundation launched a $20 million capital campaign to develop the 12 acres of green space located in the heart of the city adjacent to Lake Union. The property was identified 100 years ago by the Olmsted firm as ideal for an urban waterfront park and was progressively acquired by the City over the course of the past 20 years.
Seattle Parks Foundation celebrated the grand opening of Lake Union Park on September 25, 2010. The sunrise to sunset community celebration was organized by the Parks Foundation and project partners Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF), and Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Today, Lake Union Park provides our growing city with water and green space access, connects Seattle’s neighborhoods, and celebrates the cultural, industrial, and maritime heritage of the city and the region.
Neighborhood residents, businesses, and visitors from all over the region can now enjoy the new features of Lake Union Park which include an expansive lawn, waterfront steps, pedestrian bridge, model boat pond, 300 feet of interactive fountains, sculpted land forms, a beach for hand-launched boats, tree grove, and interpretive History Trail.
Looking forward, the park continues to enliven. The construction of an education center is planned for the Center for Wooden Boat, the Museum of History & Industry will move into the old Naval Armory building, and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation will construct their Northwest Canoe Center to neighbor the kayak-launching beach.
Lake Union Park has attracted nation-wide attention; the park was selected as a nominee for the 2011 Heart of Green Award in the parks category. For more information on the award, click on the badge below: