50 Things to do in Seattle – #43

#43 – Volunteer Park


 @volunteer_park has recently become one of my favorite off the beaten path destinations to show our clients. The 48 acre park is home to the #volunteerparkwatertower the recently renovated @seattleasainart, the @vpconservatory, as well as an amphitheater, reservoir, koi pond and beautiful acres of landscape parkland.

It is situated in one of Seattle’s oldest residential areas in Capitol Hill. The @lakeviewcemetery borders it to the north and is surrounded by beautiful homes and views to the East. The land was acquired by the city in 1876 for $2000 and began as a cemetery. After several name disputes it was dubbed Volunteer Park in 1901 after the volunteer soldiers of the Spanish-American War. It is a crown jewel of the Olmsted Park and boulevard system of Seattle.

The “Black Sun” Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi from 1969 has been known as the Doughnut but more recently the “Black Hole Sun” after it became known as the inspiration for the 1994 #soundgarden tune of the same name. Anyone taking a tour with us, I highly recommend including a stop here.
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