Kerry Park (Seattle)

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On clear evenings, Kerry Park is often crowded with people taking photos of the Seattle skyline.

Kerry Park is a 1.26 acres (0.51 ha) park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, located at the corner of 2nd Avenue W. and W. Highland Drive. According to a plaque on a wall in the park, "Kerry Park [was] given to the City in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry, Sr., so that all who stop here may enjoy this view." That view encompasses downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, the West Seattle peninsula, Bainbridge Island, and Mount Rainier.[1]

The park is sometimes incorrectly referred to by local denizens as Highland Park, a reference to Highland Drive, a highly scenic boulevard that borders the north side of the park.

Changing Form, a steel sculpture by artist Doris Totten Chase and given by Mr. and Mrs. Kerry's 3 children, stands 4.6 meters (15 ft) high in the middle of the park. Since installation in 1971, the sculpture has been popular among photographers using it to frame the Seattle skyline or Mt Rainier, and children crawling around its smooth, black curves.[2]

The park was one of the many stops on the finale episode of the third season of Amazing Race. The park was also featured as the opening scene in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You.

In addition, Kerry Park is featured on the cover of the album Words Run As Thick As Blood by Seattle hardcore band Brotherhood. It is not uncommon for people in the hardcore scene to recreate this picture.[3]

Views from Kerry Park[edit]

Panoramic view from Kerry Park.
Panoramic view from Kerry Park at night.
Viewpoint Queen Anne
Kerry Park with Mt. Rainier in the background.


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Coordinates: 47°37′46.6″N 122°21′33.9″W / 47.629611°N 122.359417°W / 47.629611; -122.359417