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Olympic Sculpture Park

Parent Category: Seattle
Created: 20 November 2013

The Olympic Sculpture Park in a public park situated in Seattle. It was opened on January 20, 2007. The park is an unusual 9-acre design creation that consists of sculpture museum and beach.

The Olympic Sculpture Park was built on the former industrial fuel storage site which belonged to Unocal, oil and gas corporation. But in 1970s Seattle Art Museum proposed the corporation to transform this ugly site into a green park.

This park with its sculptures and Z-shaped platforms is considered to be a new model of an urban park. It should be also mentioned that the park is designed in such a way that it descends 40 feet from the city to the water. It gives the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking city views and Elliot Bay.

The pedestrian route takes its beginning from an exhibition pavilion. The gardens on the Olympic Sculpture Park represent the landscapes of the northwest: The Valley, The Greensward, The Grove, The Meadows, The Shore, and The Tides. Every garden provides the most beautiful background for the sculptures.

In these forests you will find both huge and small sculptures mostly made of steel, stainless steel, glass, aluminum, bronze, etc. A lot of the sculpture pieces come from local collections, some of them were specifically commissioned for the park.

The park has numerous paths, loans siting areas from which great views on Mt. Rainier, the city and the water are opened.

Olympic Sculpture Park has received a lot of awards for its unusual design, engineering and environmental restoration.

Together with Olympic Sculpture Park the Centennial Park at Pier 86 opens before visitors the best places for recreation.

It is an 11-acre park including a long shoreline. There you can also find 400 foot fishing pier, beautiful rose garden, numerous bike and pedestrian paths, exercise stations.

This park is a great place for the whole family; those who desire may have a picnic here. There are picnic tables, benches and restrooms here.

Keep inn mind that park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121


Directions
  • From I-5 heading north: Take the Seneca Street exit (exit 165 on the left). Turn left onto Seneca Street. Turn right onto 1st Avenue. Turn left onto Broad Street. The Olympic Sculpture Park will be on your right.
  • From I-5 heading south: Take exit 165B to the Union Street. Stay straight to go onto Union Street. Turn right onto 1st Avenue. Turn left onto Broad Street. The Olympic Sculpture Park will be on your right.
  • From SR-99 heading north: Take the Seneca Street exit to First Avenue. Turn left onto First Avenue. Continue to Broad Street. Turn left onto Broad Street. The Olympic Sculpture Park will be on your right.
  • From SR-99 heading south: Take the Broad Street exit, marked “To Seattle Aquarium.” Merge left onto Broad Street. Continue west on Broad Street toward the waterfront. The Olympic Sculpture Park will be on your right.

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Information: Marina Petrova


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