Structure Type: landscapes - parks - urban parks

Designers: Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects (firm); John Charles Olmsted (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1909

1800 Lake Washington Boulevard South
Mount Baker, Seattle, WA 98144

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This 24.3-acre park was set on land adjoining the Spring Hill Water Company's early drinking water pumping plant, built in 1886. The City of Seattle obtained the plant and its pipeline right-of-way in 1907 with other parcels gradually added over time. The State of Washington transferred ownership of shoreline land to the City for park purposes in 1909; also in that year, John C. Olmsted of the prolific and influential Brookline, MA, firm of the Olmsted Brothers, laid out Colman Park to be part of the city's ambitious park master plan. Further adding to the park's size, developer James M. Colman sub-divided a plat nearby and deeded a portion of his tract to the city, set aside for public, recreational purposes. For his generous donation, the City of Seattle named the park in his honor.

Tel: (206) 684-4075 (2011);

PCAD id: 16055