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Gas Works Park

A former gasification plant has become a favourite summer hang out spot


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A much industrial appeal is awaiting visitors at Gas Works Park, in Seattle. This 19.1-acre (77,000 m2) public park, located on the northern shore of Lake Union, previously hosted a plant that was providing Seattle with light. However, the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant has now become history, and the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The plant's gasification equipment is definitely the last of its kind.

The coal gasification plant in the park operated from 1906 to 1956, and the park, designed by Seattle landscape architect Richard Haag, opened in 1975. Haag didn't just make sure the plant’s original structure blended with surrounding nature, he applied oil-degrading enzymes to break down toxic contamination of the land surrounding the plant.

Gas Works Park has quickly become a popular spot for all kinds of cultural and athletic events, like concerts, festivals, kite-flying and roleplaying tournaments. Most events are scheduled during the summer months. Therefore, the best time to visit the park is from June to August.

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