Freeway Park opened on July 4th, 1976, and on this coming Sunday the Seattle Parks Department and Freeway Park Association are celebrating the park’s 40th anniversary! Check out the Facebook event page for details and to RSVP.
The event description and poster is below:
“40 years ago Jim Ellis Freeway Park opened to the citizens of Seattle. The first park in America to lid an interstate, the Park is a feat of architecture and engineering as well as a community jewel. Come celebrate this momentous occasion on July 3rd at Freeway Park in Bloom! This community event includes free music, food and activities for the whole family including face painting and a tour of Freeway Park’s arboretum with Seattle’s Tree Ambassadors. Celebrate with us from 11:30-2pm, and stay for the launch of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s second annual Free Blues and Cool Jazz. Bring a picnic and settle in for a beautiful day at Freeway Park!”
And below are some great images from shortly after the park first opened. Freeway Park is a jewel in the heart of Seattle and we are happy to be working to continue and expand upon its legacy.