Cal Anderson Park
|Cal Anderson Park|
The park on May 13, 2006
|Location||Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington|
|Area||7.37 acres (29,800 m2)|
|Created||September 24, 2005|
|Operated by||Seattle Parks and Recreation|
|Public transit access||Capitol Hill Station|
The north end of the open park features Waterworks, a large mountain-shaped water fountain feeding a shallow texture pool, a reflecting pool, and a wading pool. The south end features the lighted Bobby Morris Playfield. The wading pool operates in the summer months from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
- Children's play area
- Caged tennis courts with outdoor lights
- Basketball courts
- Dodgeball court
Lincoln Reservoir was begun in 1889, in response to the Great Seattle fire of the same year, and was completed in 1901. A parcel just south of it was named Lincoln Park the same year. The famed Olmsted Brothers designed the park, as part of their many works in the Seattle area. In 1908 it was developed as a playfield, and in 1922 its name was changed to Broadway Playfield so as not to duplicate the name of the new Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The playfield was named after Bobby Morris, former King County, Washington auditor, in 1980. Meanwhile, the area around the reservoir had come to be known as Lincoln Reservoir Park. On April 10, 2003, the entire area was designated Cal Anderson Park, after Washington's first openly gay state legislator. Anderson had died in 1995 of AIDS.
From 2003–2005, the reservoir was rebuilt as a covered basin.
In 2004, World Naked Bike Ride Seattle established a tradition of stopping briefly in the park, usually in the midsection near the shelter house and water feature. Body Pride ride also began making stops in 2005.
In 2009, Forbes magazine recognized Cal Anderson Park as one of the 12 Best City Parks in the U.S.
The Seattle March for Science took place at the park on April 22, 2017.
On June 20, 2020, a shooting took place in the park, which served as a gathering area in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone at the time. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot, and a 33-year-old man was critically injured. The incident was cited by opponents of the zone as a justification to disband it, using either the National Guard or the Seattle Police Department.
Light rail station
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- Clarridge, Christine (June 23, 2020). "Seattle police investigating Tuesday morning shooting on Capitol Hill near Cal Anderson Park and CHOP". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
- "Link Light Rail, Capitol Hill Station". Sound Transit. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
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