Freeway Park

Seattle Urban Sketchers were fortunate to have beautiful weather today for our sketching foray into Freeway Park. As a relative newcomer to Seattle (17 years), never having been to the park didn’t seem too odd but even some of the native born Seattle-ites in our group had never been to this park before.  It borders the Convention Center and does, literally, span the I-5 freeway through downtown Seattle.

It offers an interesting mix of concrete structures, beautiful natural plantings and buildings towering over all.

My first goal was to find the waterfall.  I couldn’t find any place with flowing water but I did find something that looked like it could be a waterfall but it was dry.  I sketched it anyway.   The noise from the freeway was really rather loud and constant.

I continued to explore the paths running in all directions out from the Convention Center.  I found this corner planted with some bright flowers.

The courtyard just outside the Convention Center held this unusual sculpture depicting George Washington.

For our sketch sharing, we were joined by David Chamness’ group of architect colleagues having a Friday noon sketch outing of their own.   Their sketchbooks came from their firm so they were labelled with the name.

Lots of photos here:


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Freeway Park

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Nice sketches! Love that top photo, too! It’s really a great park. Now that it’s taken me decades to finally visit, I hope to go more often!

    – Tina

  2. joantav says:

    I especially like the sketch with the buildings towering over the park. Nice sketches!!

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