Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park

Infobox park
park=Cal Anderson Park

image size=
caption=May 13, 2006
type=public park
location=Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington
size=7.37 acrescite web
url =
title = Seattle Parks and Recreation: Cal Anderson Park
accessdate = 2007-06-21
operator=Seattle Parks and Recreation
annual visitors=
status=open all year

Cal Anderson Park is a public park on Seattle, Washington's Capitol Hill that includes Lincoln Reservoir and Bobby Morris Playfield.


The north end of the open park features 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.

Other features:
* shelterhouse
* plaza
* children's play area
* caged tennis courts with outdoor lights
* Basketball courts


Lincoln Reservoir was begun in 1889 and completed in 1901. A parcel just south of it was named Lincoln Park the same year. 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.

Rebuilding of the reservoir to convert it from open-air to covered started in April 2003 and lasted through summer 2005.

Three security cameras were installed in the park in April 2008 in an effort to combat certain types of criminal activity, namely vandalism, drug dealing, and public sex.cite web |url= |title=Security cameras installed at Cal Anderson Park | |accessdate=2008-04-23]

Link Light Rail Capitol Hill Station

The north west corner of Cal Anderson Park (at the corner of East Denny Way and Nagle Place) is designated to contain an entrance to the underground Capitol Hill Station of Sound Transit's Link Light Rail. cite web | title = Link Light Rail, Capitol Hill Station | url = | publisher = Sound Transit | accessdate=2007-06-19]


External links

* [ Cal Anderson Park]
* [ Cal Anderson Park Improvements]

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