Obscura Day 2017! Join our global celebration of exploration and discovery.
May 6

Seattle, Washington

Freeway Park Walking Tour

Explore downtown Seattle’s largest public space—a pioneering urban park that is largely unknown to locals.

Join Seattle native Beth Topping for a walking tour through the 5.2-acre urban space that is a renowned Brutalist masterwork and the first freeway lid in the nation. You’ll get to know the celebrated landscape architects who designed the park, while we examine its major areas—including a breathtaking 30-foot concrete canyon built directly over the median strip of I-5.

Learn about the civic initiatives that made the park possible and how its compelling design was meant to heal the city. We’ll also discuss how it has changed since it was built, and how it’s adapting to accommodate the city’s ever-growing population and new cultural landscape.


  • We’ll meet in the plaza of the Park Place building at 1200 6th Ave. (the plaza is located on the side that faces Seneca).
  • Parking: There is a pay lot next to Town Hall at 8th and Spring. There is limited street parking; please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.
  • Public Transportation: Several King County Metro bus routes service the area
  • This is a walking tour (less than 1 mile) through an urban space that involves climbing stairs and walking on sidewalks with a moderate grade. There is significant park infrastructure to be explored, which involves walking through concrete structures and pathways. Several entrances to the park are wheelchair accessible.
  • Only portable toilets are available in the park.
  • The tour will happen rain or shine!  Dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Email Shin Yu Pai at [email protected].

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.


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