Recycling is good for the environment, but recycled parkland is great for us all! On this tour, we will cycle to three of Seattle’s most notable parks, which through adaptive use, have been given a second lease on life: Lake Union Park, Gas Works Park, and Magnuson Park on Lake Washington.
Lake Union Park, a former Naval installation, has been designed to provide access to water and green space, connect the surrounding neighborhoods, and celebrate the cultural, industrial, and maritime heritage of the city and region. It includes the historic Naval Reserve Armory on the south shore of the lake, now home to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Center for Wooden Boats. Along the way, we’ll stop at Pathways Park, a newly renovated “Nature-based” park that was designed with a play area that is accessible for children of all abilities.
Gas Works Park, the former site of a coal gasification plant that once provided electricity to much of Seattle, was redesigned to preserve some of the industrial cracking towers and annually hosts a July 4th fireworks show that draws more than 100,000 people and offers great views of the city.
Magnuson Park is also a former U.S. Naval site that is now a sprawling multi-use public space with parkland, athletic fields, off-leash dog areas, and dozens of former Navy buildings and airplane hangars that have been converted to various uses. Along the bike route, take in stunning views of Lake Union, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the University of Washington, and Lake Washington along Magnuson Park.
Please note: This tour involves riding an e-bike for approximately 10 miles. Participants will need to download the Lime e-bike app and create an account. There is no cost for the bike. Helmets are provided.