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Firehouse Mini Park

 
Address: 712 18th Ave, 98122 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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PARK FEATURES
  • Play Area (ADA Compliant)

HOURS

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

ABOUT THE PARK

Help! Rescue me! pleads a little girl pretending to be trapped on the second story of a gaily colored tree house. This double-decker with fire pole is the favorite in this tiny park, but there are other things packed in here too: a boxed-in play area, drinking fountain, benches, and a maple-shaded promenade leading to a heptagonal wading pool. This parks small trees also make it a good cooling off place for pedestrians overheated by walking among large buildings.

(Excerpt from "Enjoying Seattle's Parks" by Brandt Morgan)

Acreage: 0.3

HISTORY

Firehouse was No. 23, built c.1910, last equipment run in 1964, due to the construction of a larger facility on a site better located to serve the expanded service area. The station housed horse-drawn and then motorized equipment.

Seattles Fire Dept. was born in the ashes of the Great Fire of 1889, a hopeless battle by the valiant and courageous Volunteers using primitive equipment and water supplies. They had only two tiny steam pumpers, hand-drawn hose carts, hand-carried ladders, buckets and axes to fight a fire in a tinder town of wooden buildings and streets with water from a system of hollowed fir logs plus springs. The Volunteers became the fires scapegoats and disbanded in disgust. The Department used horse-drawn equipment until the 1920s.

(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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