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Myrtle Edwards Park

 
Address: 3130 Alaskan Way,  (Map It)
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(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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PARK FEATURES
  • Paths
  • View
  • Waterfront
  • Paths (ADA Compliant)
  • Bike Trail

HOURS

24 Hours

ABOUT THE PARK

Myrtle Edwards Park has a 1.25-mile winding bike and pedestrian paths along Elliott Bay, fantastic views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound, easy access from downtown and easy connection to bike paths to Magnolia.

Olympic Sculpture Park
The Olympic Sculpture Park, adjacent to Myrtle Edwards park, is a vibrant, 8.5-acre green space where people can experience art outdoors.
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Acreage: 4.8

HISTORY

In 1976, Myrtle Edwards' family approved the renaming of Elliott Bay Park as Myrtle Edwards Park.

In 1955, Mrs. F. F. Powell retired from City Council after 20 years of service. As her replacement, the Council chose Mrs. Myrtle Edwards, a graduate of the University of Illinois, a pianist and a vocal soloist who gave up her career to marry Harlan Edwards, an engineer, in 1918. In 1941, Mrs. Edwards succeeded Mrs. Powell as Chairwomen of the Harbor and Public Grounds Committee of Council, later changed to Parks and Public Grounds. She was unanimously elected President of City Council in 1969.

She was always at the forefront of campaigns and programs to preserve Seattle's natural beauty and to enhance it with new parks, planting and sculpture. One of her projects was the acquisitions of the gas plant site on the north shore of Lake Union, which she began to promote soon after joining City Council. In 1962, the City entered a 10-year contract to purchase the plant site for park purposes. But Myrtle Edwards did not see the park become a reality before she died in 1969, the result of a tragic automobile accident in Idaho.

The park on Lake Union was named in her honor in 1969. But as it became evident that the park design would feature the preservation of the industrial (plant) sculpture, the Edwards family requested her name be withdrawn in 1972. This was park was named Gas Works Park.

In 1976, her family approved the renaming of Elliott Bay Park as Myrtle Edwards Park. During her tenure on City Council she frequently was the lone dissenting moderate voice, but many times her quiet persuasion won over her eight male colleagues. Said one of them: "She was always willing to hear new ideas and change her mind."

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

DIRECTIONS

BY BUS

Find a bus to Myrtle Edwards using the Metro Trip Planner

BY CAR

I-5 Southbound
  • Take the exit- exit number 167- towards MERCER ST./SEATTLE CENTER.
  • Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
  • Turn RIGHT onto FAIRVIEW AVE N.
  • Turn LEFT onto VALLEY ST.
  • VALLEY ST becomes BROAD ST.
  • Turn RIGHT onto ALASKAN WAY. 0.13 miles
I-5 Northbound
  • Take the SENECA ST. exit- exit number 165- on the left.
  • Merge onto SENECA ST.
  • Turn RIGHT onto 1ST AVE.
  • Turn LEFT onto BATTERY ST.
  • Turn RIGHT onto WESTERN AVE.
  • Turn LEFT onto WALL ST.
  • Turn RIGHT onto ALASKAN WAY. 0.35 miles


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Photo by Laurel Mercury


Photo by Beth Somerfield


Photo by Beth Somerfield


Photo by Beth Somerfield




Photo by Beth Somerfield




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Photo by Laurel Mercury

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