The Fourth of July brings to mind Gas Works Park, a popular place to watch fireworks in Seattle. In light of the holiday weekend, the Seattle Sketcher shares a view of the park from a pocket park at the foot of East Roanoke Street.

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Sketched June 29, 2016

Fourth of July brings to mind Gas Works Park, one of the most popular places in Seattle to watch the fireworks blast off from a barge in the middle of Lake Union.

What a gem the park is. Can you imagine what might be there if the land had been developed?

The view I sketched from the pocket park at the foot of East Roanoke Street would certainly be different. And the access to the lake’s shoreline would be even more restricted than it is today.

I’m grateful for the vision that in 1975 transformed the site of the old power plant into Seattle’s own backyard.

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

P.S.: Has it really been five years since my last sketches of Gas Works Park?