Gas Works Park

A beautiful park on Seattle's Lake Union close to the Fremont and University District neighborhoods. Features open space, a large hill with sundial, picnic tables, grills, children's play barn, snack bar, restrooms, and access to the Burke-Gilman Trail.


This 20 acre point jutting into on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 for a coal gasification plant and later converted for crude oil use. The import of natural gas in the 1950's made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962 and opened it to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The exhauster-compressor building is now a children's play barn, featuring a maze of brightly painted machinery.

  • Land Manager: Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 50
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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