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Visiting Jim Ellis Freeway Park --- #5 of 15
Seattle, Washington
Sunday, July 18, 2010

I first heard about Freeway Park when I read an article about it in "Pacific Horticulture" magazine several years ago. There was an elevated pedestrian bridge connecting the Convention Center with First Hill, which arched over the Interstate 5 freeway and a huge city-owned parking lot.

This bridge was a real eyesore, so Jim Ellis and others decided to turn it into a pedestrian parkway. Since people needed to walk on it anyway, why not make it look nice?

It was made into quite a large park, 5.2 acres (21,000 square meters), and was opened to the public on July 4, 1976.

Since the park is built on an elevated pedestrian bridge, there are lots of steps and wheelchair ramps built into the design. I like the combination of hardscape and landscape elements, the greenery and the concrete.
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Comments on this photo:

Jul 27 2010 03:04 GMT verarenm
And here you can complete the walk........... Beautiful series.
Jul 27 2010 03:12 GMT fhelsing PRO
Lots more to come!
Jul 27 2010 10:08 GMT will
brilliant concept and result..
Jul 27 2010 13:11 GMT iyerhari
beautiful place!
Jul 27 2010 17:41 GMT ujbanyiv
Perfect Composition.
Jul 28 2010 01:57 GMT ashdad PRO
A beautiful entrance. Great perspective!