Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle

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Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, Washington is a 4.8-acre (1.9 ha) public park along the Elliott Bay waterfront north of Belltown. It features a 1.25-mile (2.01 km) long bicycle and walking path and is a good place to see eagles, gulls, and crows.

The park was originally named Elliott Bay Park, but was renamed after the late Seattle city councilwoman Myrtle Edwards in 1976 after her family withdrew her name from what is now Gas Works Park because of the design emphasis on the gasification plant. Now, Myrtle Edwards Park celebrates a different kind of plant — the hemp plant — by hosting the annual Seattle Hempfest. From 1964 until 2008 the park was the site of the annual Fourth of Jul-Ivar's celebration — one of Seattle's large Fourth of July fireworks shows.

The Olympic Sculpture Park, part of Seattle Art Museum, opened on the southern end in 2007. At the northern end is Centennial Park operated by the Port of Seattle, which was also known as Elliott Bay Park until 2011. Near the park's northern end is the sculpture Adjacent, Against, Upon (1976) by Michael Heizer. The Myrtle Edwards and Centennial parks are sometimes described as a single park.

Railroad tracks (BNSF) and a fence run along the long, narrow park's eastern side. Beyond the tracks is a major roadway, Elliott Avenue West. These obstacles make it difficult to enter the park except at the northern and southern ends. A pedestrian/bicycle overpass at West Thomas Street (47.6202°N 122.3620°W / 47.6202; -122.3620), approximately 1⁄2 mi (0.80 km) from the park's southern end, was constructed in 2012 to address these concerns.
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  • This park and the ones past it are great to cycle through on the cycleway or just to walk through on the walkway. The park overlooks the water and there is some play equipment for children as well.  more »
  • Had a walk through the Myrtle Edwards Park with the family and it is a really nice walk along the waterfront. There are separate walking and cycling paths which is good for both walkers and cyclists.  more »
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  • Hemp Fest 2019. First one for me. It was fun. Seemed like it was just vendors selling food and trinkets and baubles. There are some nice things for sale there, I was just not interested. I thoug by the whole idea of the festival was to meet and talk with other people of like minded ideas. Now it's just about who sells the best product. It is like a fair. Everyone seems guided by money. I met a person there and this person made my day by being kind to me. I had never met him and he was kind and respectful. I enjoyed the experience.
  • For tourists at Seattle Center, take Harrison or Thomas west towards 3rd Ave W. Take the bridge across to the trail. This park is a beautiful walk along the water that stays suprisingly clean and homeless free. From this trail you can go to Olympic Sculpture park, the pier, and walk down to Pike Place. I'd recommend this trail down to Pike Place over some of the gross overcrowded streets. It's worth the extra fee blocks of walking.

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