What do you do when an old coal gasification plant runs its course and is left to rot? In the case of the city of Seattle, you take that space and turn it into something beautiful that residents and visitors alike can enjoy. The Gas Works Park, located on the north shore of Lake Union is a 19.1 acre public park like no other.
The original plant ceased to operate in 1956, with the city of Seattle purchasing the space for park use 7 years later. Rather than tear down all of the existing structures, they allowed a few to remain as a reminder of what was there before the park came into being. They took that idea one step further by turning one of the buildings into a play barn where kids could go and have fun.
Gas Works Park is a little out of the way, but that just serves to make it a great place to get away from the stresses of city life. If you do plan on going, make sure to take a kite, as there is a hill within the park that has been designed for that very purpose.
Gas Works Park Photo: Ramanathan Kathiresan