Every sunny day, this Seattle park is filled with residents picnicking, flying kites, and enjoying vitamin D. On the rare snow day, swarms of children can toboggan down the park’s large hill.
Gas Works Park offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and the waters of Lake Union and is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. And now it is competing for the title of “Best Urban Park” in the whole country in a new USA Today competition.
“As we continue to distance ourselves socially, our outdoor public spaces are more important than ever,” USA Today wrote. “City parks provide a place to be outdoors, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy a sense of community.”
As of Friday, Gas Works was ranked 9th out of 20 parks, followed by city parks in places like St. Louis, Houston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. However, in a show of rivalry in the Pacific Northwest, Gas Works easily outperformed Forest Park in Portland.
But compared to the other nominated parks, Gas Works is relatively small at just under 20 hectares, which proves that the size cannot compete with the beautiful views of the Emerald City.
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Gas Works was once the site of a coal gasification plant and is now one of the city’s most popular parks. The park still contains the rusted remains of the gassing plant – the last in the US and a nod to the city’s industrial past – as well as an artificial mound, picnic shelters, and a play barn for children.
The park was designed by the landscape architect Richard Haag. For his work on the park, Haag received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ award for outstanding design.
The residents can vote for the park once a day. The competition ends on February 15th.