As the self proclaimed “Center of the Universe,” our neighborhood of Fremont has no shortage of landmarks to see upon visiting. From world-famous sandwich shops, to nationally acclaimed breweries and coffee shops, Fremont comes fitted with it’s fair share of national and local favorites alike. While the Fremont bridge captures much of the immediate viewpoint and photo opportunity attention, any local will tell you that one of the best viewpoints in all of Seattle lies just a few minutes east of the Fremont Bridge: Gasworks Park.
Originally built as a gasification plant in 1906, Gasworks Park has since been turned into a public park situated on the north shore of Lake Union that overlooks the downtown Seattle skyline. As a member of the National Register of Historic Places, Gasworks Park still features remnants of old gasification structures and plants that had been used all the way up until 1956 when Seattle converted to natural gas.
The park is home to stunning vistas of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, and is home to Seattle’s annual 4th of July fireworks show, where an estimated 50,000 people pack into the park each year to watch the fireworks directly above their heads. The park has been the location of numerous political rallies in Seattle’s history, as well as the backdrop for films Singles (1992) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
Nowadays, the strange industrial backdrop of Gasworks is used primarily as a public park, but also hosts numerous summer festivals and the occasional wedding. It also served as the backdrop to our SS15 Style Guide.
At just a 10 minute walk east from our showroom, Gasworks Park is a must-see for any travelers, photographers, or anyone looking for a place to relax for an afternoon. It makes a great setting for lunch after picking up food from any of the local eateries in the area. Just make sure you swing by the shop and say hello beforehand!