- Volunteer Park (Seattle)
Volunteer Park was acquired by the city of Seattle for $2,000 in 1876 from J.M. Colman. In 1885 it was designated a
cemetery, but two years later it was named "Lake View Park," and the cemetery was developed on an adjacent plot of land "(see Lake View Cemetery)." The park then became known as "City Park." In 1901, it was renamed "Volunteer Park" to honor the volunteers who served in the Spanish-American War. J. Willis Sayre, a Seattle theatre critic, journalist, and historian, who had fought in the war, had actively lobbied local officials to rename this park.
The park includes a conservatory (a designated city landmark [ [https://www.cityofseattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/v.htm Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for V] , Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed
28 December 2007.] ), completed in 1912; a water towerwith an observation deck; a fenced-off reservoir; the Seattle Asian Art Museum(a designated city landmark [ [https://www.cityofseattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/s.htm Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for S] , Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 28 December 2007.] ); a statue of William H. Seward; and a sculpture, "Black Sun", by Isamu Noguchi, as well as several meadows and picnic tables. The wading pool is operational in the summer months and operated daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pride paradeused to end at Volunteer Park, where the crowd met various musical guests, sponsoring organizations, and vendors. In 2006, the Parade was relocated to Downtown and the Pride Festival was moved to the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle. The park also hosts various free concerts and outdoor theater events throughout the summer.
* [http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/parkspaces/volpark.htm Parks Department page on Volunteer Park]
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