1008 12th Avenue South
Jose Rizal Park lies at the foot of the Pacific Medical Center, corner of 12th Avenue S. and S Judkins Street, Beacon Hill.
Getting there by car
Click on the map below for directions.
Getting there by bus
From downtown, via bus number 36 (Beacon Hill, Rainier Beach, Jefferson Park). The bus route takes you through the International District, and along the ridge that forms Beacon Hill, offering views to the east and west.
Board the southbound bus at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street.
Alight from the bus at the corner of Golf Drive and S. Charles Street.
It is about a 18-minute ride each way.
Walk west (uphill) on S. Charles Street, alongside the boundary of the Pacific Medical Center. Follow the road around to the left into 12th Avenue South. You will see the park and outlook to your right.
Notes and Tips
One of Seattle's top lookouts, the park is well maintained, full of interesting features, and a delight in which to spend time. The park takes the form of a series of terraces following the slope of 12th Avenue S. Each terrace houses one of an array of amenities, including a small amphitheatre, small children's play area, covered picnic tables, car park and public restrooms. There are also uncovered benches and picnic tables, and various sculptures. Artwork includes a mural/mosaic titled "East is West", by the late Seattle University Art Professor Valeriano "Val" Laigo.
The park has a history of being associated with the Filipino community, the largest group of Asian Americans in the Seattle area, with an estimated population of 30,000. Dr. Jose Rizal was a Filipino patriot who, during his short life, made lasting contributions to medicine, political and social reform, engineering and a large number of other disciplines. Now regarded by the Filipinos as a national hero, he was executed by the Spanish as a result of being accused of complicity in the Filipino insurrection of 1896.
Also dedicated in memory of Rizal is the nearby bridge that forms part of 12th Avenue South. The 420-foot-long Rizal Bridge was built in 1912 and is one of Seattle's original steel bridges.
You also might like to visit the Beacon Hill Viewpoint, although the viewpoint doesn't have anything like the amenities of Rizal Park. The easiest way to visit both is to stay on bus number 36 to the viewpoint, and then stop off at Rizal Park on the return trip.
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