Day 9: A Day at Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill has been a prized part of Seattle since 1887. It was first known as Lake View Park. The now known name, Volunteer Park, came in 1901 as a tribute to the veterans of the Spanish-American War. In 1903 the city hired the Olmsted Brother’s to design the park and create for the majority of what we know the park to look like today. There have been a few modifications but all to its benefit.
The park spans over several acres of land and consists of a greenhouse, children’s park, museum, reservoir,
a sculpture perfectly framing the Space Needle, as well as a water tower that has two sets of stairs to take to the top for some amazing views of the city, a large outdoor stage, and there are many large grassy areas with beautiful and unique trees and ample trails and paths are laid throughout.
The park is the perfect place to go for the day and have a picnic and play on the grass, or visit the Asian Art Museum which is currently closed for renovation but, the beauty of the exterior architecture is definitely worth taking a moment to admire. Climb to the top of the water tower to find not only a 360 view of the city from the Olympics to the Cascades but also, framed maps, pictures, and plans of the park and city. There is also a small restaurant nearby named Volunteer Park Cafe which servers phenomenal food breakfast through dinner, makes for a lovely refreshing walk to and from the park. Volunteer Park is a wonderful place in Seattle to spend time whether all day or a few hours, you can read a book in the grass, take a walk around the grounds, or attend one of the many events hosted at the park.