Monday, January 25, 2016

Centennial Park

Today was a rare, sunny winter day. D and I took the opportunity to visit one of my favorite parks in Seattle - Centennial Park in the Interbay District. I like it because it is less crowded than many of the other parks, it is a wheelchair accessible with clean elevators and smooth paved walking paths, and it has some spectacular views of the city.

The overall vibe is relaxed and unimposing, even though the layout and planning have been well executed. The paths are separated into a biking and walking sections with frequent benches scattered along to encourage folks to take a break and relax. You can go all the way down towards the Olympic Sculpture Park or take a seat and watch the huge transport cargo ships fill with grain at the train terminal. There is also a rose garden - though, it doesn't look like much in the winter. But, when summer comes around it will be a lovely scent-filled garden.

For now, the crisp winter air and busy grain terminal are entertaining and fun for a Sunday walk.
Helix Bridge

View of the trains from the Helix Bridge

View of the trains heading in to the city center (and Space Needle) from the Helix Bridge

Entrance to the park

Grain Silos

Grain movers filling a HUGE transport boat

View of the city - bike path on the left, walking path on the right by the water

Panorama of the pier - click for full size! 

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