Corner of Pike Street and Boren Avenue, on the eastern edge of downtown Seattle.
Getting there by car
Click on the map below for directions.
Board any of the eastbound buses on Pike Street, including bus numbers 7 (University District), 10 (Capitol Hill), 11 (Madison Park), 14 (Summit) and 43 (University District), at the corner of Pike Street and 4th Avenue.
Alight from the bus at the corner of Pike Street and Boren Avenue.
It is about a 5-minute ride each way, due to traffic rather than distance.
To return by bus, walk one block to north to Pine Street. Take any westbound buses going down Pine Street, or from Convention Place Station take any southbound buses going through the bus tunnel (back one stop to Westlake Station).
From the Westlake Center, it is about a 10-minute walk to the viewpoint. Walk south to Pike Street, then walk uphill along Pike Street for six or seven blocks. The viewpoint will be just past the I-5 overpass to your left.
Notes and tips
This small triangular park takes its name from the rather enigmatic segment of architecture found there. It overlooks I-5, and is assaulted on all sides by the noise of traffic. As an open space, it provides a visual link between downtown and the adjoining neighborhood of Capitol Hill, but does not offer a place of peace amidst the bustle of downtown. It has seating and is kept neat and free of trash. However it does not appear to attract people to spend time there, such as local workers on breaks.
To gain another view of the Space Needle, you might like to continue on bus number 14 (Summit) to Thomas Mini Park.
Four Columns Park offers a view of Queen Anne Hill, and of the Space Needle between downtown buildings. Town planners refer to it as a "view corridor/ You would probably only come here if you want this particular angle on the Needle, or you were up at this end of downtown anyway (for example at the Convention Center). Even this small offering is under threat from high-rise development, as seen in local debates over the subject.
The following photos were taken around midday on an overcast day in early March. Click on photo for full-size image.
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