50 Things to do in Seattle – #37

#37 – UPS Waterfall Garden Park

The UPS Waterfall Garden Park is a beautiful hidden enclave of Seattle’s @pioneersquare neighborhood that was constructed in 1977 at the original @ups building in downtown Seattle to commemorate James Casey, the original founder of UPS. 

Casey started “The American Messenger service” with co-founder Claude Ryan at 19 years old in a cellar located under Ryan’s uncle’s tavern in the rough Pioneer Square. The year was 1907 and Casey kicked off his package delivery company with a borrowed $100 bill as his initial capital investment. It wasn’t until the company expanded to Oakland in 1917 that it became known as the United Parcel Service. Casey remained active in the management of UPS until his death in 1983.

The park itself is gorgeous and tranquil. A bit of an oasis of the often chaotic streets of @downtownseattle. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a coffee and read or book or order takeout from one of the many great restaurants nearby to have an urban picnic. It is described as one of the most expensive parks per square foot ever built in the United States. Contact us at [email protected] or call 206.522.5994 with questions or to secure a reservation.