Often dubbed Seattle’s “newest oldest Olmsted Park,” the city’s first Olmsted-designed park is a sensitive mix of historic preservation and new design in the Olmsted idiom. Original paths, trees and a playfield surround a now-lidded reservoir topped by a bucolic four-acre park addition. Water remains a central feature via a reflecting pool and fountain.
Recognized by Forbes.com as one of the nation’s best parks in 2009, Cal Anderson Park includes a fountain, texture pool and reflecting pool, promenade paths, landscaping, a shelterhouse, a plaza, a children's play area, a wading pool, a lighted sports field, and a number of oversize chess boards. This open park invites walking, sitting, reading, contemplation, informal sports in the meadow, and organized sports on the athletic field.
For walkers: the circumference of the park on the sidewalks, including Bobby Morris Playfield, is 3,325 lineal feet, or about 2/3 of a mile. An interior loop on gravel paths, using the old concrete gatehouse as the most southern edge and passing the cone water feature to the north, is 1,700 lineal feet, or about 1/3 of a mile.
The park is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood at 1635 11th Ave, 98122. It is 7.37 acres.