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Aerial view of Freeway Park at night, looking south from Pine and 9th
Aerial view of Freeway Park at night.
Seattle - Freeway Park c. 1970s
Brutalist fountain, Freeway Park, circa 1970s.
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The park winds its way down First Hill, offering both a staircase and wheelchair-accessible ramps.

Freeway Park is an urban park in Seattle, Washington, United States, connecting the city's downtown to the Washington State Convention Center and First Hill. The park sits atop a section of Interstate 5 and a large city-owned parking lot; 8th Avenue also bridges over the park. An unusual mixture of brutalist architecture and greenery, the 5.2-acre (21,000 m2) park, designed by Lawrence Halprin's office under the supervision of Angela Danadjieva, opened to the public on July 4, 1976. A later addition to the park opened in 1982 winds several blocks up First Hill, with a staircase and wheelchair ramp.

The park is also a cultural landscape and a precedent setting park that defines a new land-use typology for American cities. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.


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