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Observatory Courts

 
Address: 1405 Warren Ave N, 98109 (Map It)
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PARK FEATURES
  • Tennis Court (Outdoor)

HOURS

4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PARK

This small park contains two tennis courts near a firehouse and the old Queen Anne observatory/water tower.

Acreage: 0.8

HISTORY

In 1900 the City purchased this small parcel on top of Queen Anne Hill and immediately constructed two Water Dept. standpipes with a stairway between the tank and masonry envelope leading to an observatory gallery on top. It must have been a popular attraction because in 1902 the City Council officially named the property Observatory Park and built another, similar standpipe with an observatory in Volunteer Park in 1906.

(Edited from the files of Don Sherwood, 1916-1981, Park Historian.)

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

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