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Boating at Lake Union Park All of the fun at Lake Union Park is just a short trip away! Kids of all ages can find moments of delight year round at Lake Union Park. Come down and fly a kite, row a boat, get a tan...



Natural History

Natural History and Geology

Picture five Space Needles stacked on top of each other. This was the size of the Vashon Glacier, a 3,000-foot tall ice sheet that gouged out Lake Union and Lake Washington and sculpted Puget Sound during its retreat over 13,000 years ago.

The Center for Wooden Boats

An ancient cedar becomes a canoe, a rotting rowboat is renewed, a fleet of children set sail, and modern urbanites master ancient seafaring skills. It all happens at The Center for Wooden Boats, a hands-on maritime museum open to the public at no cost. Paddlers can pull up to a low-floating dock behind the Center’s workshop and store their boats on a kayak rack while they explore.

From Tom Sandry

An Oral History

When the streetcar turned west on 34th, I would usually see a couple of ships tied up at the docks along Northlake Way, near the barrel factory. When the streetcar turned to cross the Fremont bridge, on our left, there was this huge screaming sawmill, Bryant Lumber Company.

Gas Works Park

Tomato seeds are apparently indestructible, even after sewage treatment. When Seattle bought the Gas Works Park property to create Lake Union’s first park, the soil was too polluted to grow grass, so the city coated the site with sewer sludge. The grass grew well and, during the first summer, an added bonus of tomatoes sprouted in the park. Gas Works Park displays rusting remnants of a 1902 gasification plant that converted coal to liquid fuel for streetlights and cooking stoves. The last gas was made in 1957 when a new pipeline brought natural gas from British Columbia.

Voices from the Past


An oral history from David Coy

You know [as a boy] we’d come around in a skiff, and we’d climb up the anchor chains on these sailing ships and get right up on the bowsprit and jump. That was probably back around ‘32, ‘34, something like that. We had a houseboat and my dad would pull it with a boat, and we’d come into the moorage and hook up the water and put the clamp on, twist the wires together, and boom we’re in business. And we’d stay wherever, and we’d move again.

Adam Green of Rocking the Boat

The Center for Wooden Boats is delighted to invite you to a presentation by the Founder and Executive Director of the innvoative New York non-profit "Rocking the Boat" on February 22nd from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the CWB Boathouse in Seattle. FREE; refreshments provided; no RSVP required.

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