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Cowen Park, Seattle

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#59 of 65 in Parks in Seattle
The Cowen Park Bridge is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Seattle, Washington. The bridge has a length of 358 ft (109 m) and carries 15th Avenue NE across a ravine in the Cowen Park. The bridges acts as a dividing line in the Ravenna-Cowen Park contiguous area, with the smaller area west of the bridge deemed Cowen Park and the larger area east of the bridge considered Ravenna Park. The bridge, which spans from NE 62nd Street to Cowen Place NE, connects the northern Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood with the beginning of the University District. The Cowen Park Bridge is one of two bridges that span the Ravenna Park ravine (the other being the 20th Avenue NE Bridge built in 1913) but is the only one open to vehicular traffic.
The bridge was built in 1936 under the authority of the Works Progress Administration. The bridge engineer was Clark Eldridge. The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is a designated city landmark. The bridge has been praised for the 12ft Art Deco light standards along its sides.
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  • Want to feel as if you've left the city and are removed to the deep woods? Cowen Park is a pretty slice of nature, meandering through a neighborhood just minutes from downtown Seattle, with pedestrian...  more »
  • My neighborhood park, but you are welcome to visit and enjoy our park. Great for younger kids and for older kids to play volleyball or cross a Frisbee. Continue down the stream for a walk through a hi...  more »
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  • Beautiful green space surrounded by Ravenna houses. This park features a newly remodeled playground blended with some older features like swings, small carousel, and a miniature zip line. The park also features short hikes into the green space that offer an escape in to nature. Because of its closeness to the University District, there is a large transient community that will use this space to relax. There have been some altercations in this park, but it is a wonderful, large space to take dogs and kids, go for a jog or hike, or simply get out of the house and see some Seattle nature.
  • On the first big snow of the polar vortex my sister and I decided to get up at 2am and go to Cowen Park. We don't get a lot of snow in Seattle and when we do it quickly becomes a muddy, slushy mess. So heading out there when the everything was covered in a pristine blanket of fluffy white, while the sounds were muffled and the air smelled like a mountain stream was kinda magical.

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