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Marshall Park

Address: 1191 7th Ave W, 98119 (Map It)
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4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Right across the street from Parsons Garden, this tiny green oasis offers three benches, a friendly tree, and a view of the sound. The spot includes a memorial to Betty Bowen, a well-loved matron of the arts. Such prominent Northwest artists as Morris Graves, Margaret Tompkins, Victor Steinbrueck, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan and Charles Stokes have done some unsigned work, which is cast in the concrete walkway there. See if you can figure out which is whose.

(Excerpted from Enjoying Seattle's Parks by Brandt Morgan.)

Acreage: 0.78


In 1909 Marshall Park- then known as Phelps Place - was used largely as a sightseeing point by pleasure vehicles. The improvement of Queen Anne Boulevard must have "swallowed" Phelps Place for it was gone from the list by 1930. In 1960, George and Peggy Marshall donated additional land to the park and upon recommendation of the staff to name the new gift property, the whole viewpoint was named in honor of the Marshalls. George was the founding partner of Foster & Marshall Investment Bankers and Brokers and Marshall and Meyer Municipal Bonds. In 1977-78, Betty Bowen Viewpoint was added to the park. (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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- Vegetation Restoration for Betty Bowen Viewpoint

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