Yep, it’s another post from the quick getaway to Seattle my mom and I took to Seattle in September. Granted these pics aren’t as colorful as last week’s trip to the Chihuly Garden and Glass, but the Volunteer Park Water Tower does have a HUGE advantage over the glass exhibit: It’s free!
About Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park is a nice escape from the bustle of downtown Seattle. It’s about a mile and a half north of the heart of town and can be reached by trudging up the mountain also known as 12th Avenue (seriously, the streets are steep in Seattle).
The park originally cost the city of Seattle a mere $2000 back in 1876. It went through various not-so-creative name changes (such as “City Park”) until it finally became Volunteer Park in 1901 to pay tribute to the folks who volunteered to serve in the Spanish-American War.
And on Up the Water Tower
If you walk up the 12th Avenue entrance into the park, the first thing you’ll not see is the water tower that was built in 1906. Seriously, even with map in hand I couldn’t find the thing…until I looked up. There it was right in front of me. In my eyesight’s defense, my mom didn’t see it either since its base was hidden by some thick shrubbery as you can see in the picture above.
A few steps lead up to the base of the water tower and there are two entrances to the 107 steps that wind on up to the top. It’s no Eiffel Tower climb, but dos take you more than 75 feet up. once at the top you can peer out over Seattle, take a few snaps of the Space Needle, and read a bit about the history of the tower.
Volunteer Park also has a nice little conservatory of plants, which I’ll share with you in the near future.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS