Hing Hay Park
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6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
ABOUT THE PARK
Hing Hay Park - "Park for Pleasurable Gatherings" - is a hub of the International District. Terrace-like stairs lead down from Maynard to a red brick square with an ornate Grand Pavilion designed and constructed in Taipei, Taiwan. Artwork on an adjacent building features a dragon in a depiction of Asian-American history in the Northwest. The park is a popular lunch spot, and meeting place for families and friends.
The first Chinese pioneer came to Seattle in 1860, lured across the sea by the “mountain of gold” they hoped to find in California. With it, they hoped to return to their homelands and become landowners. Instead of the gold, they found only menial jobs, persecution, and misery. Many suffered and died of hardships during the construction of the railroads. After the railroads were build, jobs became scarce for everybody, and Anti-Chinese riots broke out across the western states. Seattle became the scene of such riots in 1886. Many Chinese people who at the time were not allowed citizenship were shipped out, some fled to Canada, relying on strong family bonds for survival.
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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