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-acre (0.51-hectare) park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, located at the corner of Second Avenue West and West 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 The Amazing Race. The park was also featured as the opening scene in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You. In Frasier, the view from Frasier's apartment is in fact a photograph taken from the ledge in the park.

Views from Kerry Park[edit]

Panoramic view from Kerry Park.
Panoramic view from Kerry Park.
Panoramic view from Kerry Park.


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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