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Gas Works Park

Published on May 31, 2009

Something astounding about an old gas company being used as a park:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal – later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950′s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.

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  1. yh says:

    Nice! I remember visiting the Duisburg Nord Landschaftspark which was an old metalworks factory on a wintry day. It looks like the workers had just left and let nature slowly took over. Was mostly alone in the park and I recall willing myself up the exterior open metal staircase to the 70 meter high viewing platform. Worth a visit if you find yourselves in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.

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