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Mapping 15 of the Tiniest Parks Tucked Around Seattle

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When we started thinking about the tiniest parks around Seattle, parklets came to mind. But since we've already identified and mapped them, we figured we should try to shed some light on the tiny parks strewn around town that haven't gotten their due. Mostly because you might walk past some of them every day and not even realize they're city parks. As tiny as 0,004 acres (185 sq. ft.) these parks take advantage of the small spaces they've been afforded to provide a touch of green (or at least a place to park your butt) where there might not have been otherwise. You might question why some of them have park status but you can't argue that they're welcome in town (unless, say, you're Jason Rantz).

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Lakeview Place (0.004 acres)

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This 185-square-foot park is officially considered by the city parks department as the smallest park in Seattle. There's not really any room to do anything here other than look at it. So, look at it. Photo: Sage Ross

Boylston Place (0.005 acres)

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The name for Boylston Place was taken from an adjacent street which was named by Arthur Denny. The property was deeded to the city in 1902 by Mary Denny on the condition that it be beautified as a park, monument or fountain. It's so unassuming, most folks who pass by don't even realize it's a city park. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Hyde Place (0.01 acres)

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Deeded to the City in 1911 by Maude & Oliver McGilvra, it was named to honor D.N. Hyde, member of the first City Council 1870. A tiny park you can get a great view from.

Lake City Memorial Triangle (0.01 acres)

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This tiny triangle at the corner of 31st Ave. N.E. and Lake City Way is easy to miss. As for what it's a memorial to, well, you'll have to tell us.

Lynn Street Mini Park (0.01 acres)

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McGraw Square (0.01 acres)

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McGraw Square was acquired by the City in 1911 “for a public square” and designated as a Landmark in 1985. Since 2011, it has been managed and maintained by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). McGraw Square is named for John H. McGraw (1850-1910), who came to Seattle in 1876 and became City Marshall, Chief of Police, Sheriff of King County and eventually second Governor of the State of Washington.

Rainier Place (0.01 acres)

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Jurisdiction for the park was transferred to the City in 1909. It was created by the widening of Ballard Place, 56th and 57th in 1909 and extended through Greenwood Park (Ballard Park) from 2nd to W. 55th. The lone, large pine tree is the only demarcation that tells you this is a park. Otherwise, you might not ever know. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Sierra Place (0.01 acres)

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You can get some nice Lake Washington views from this tiny park, which is also connected to Landing Parkway, another small space. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Tilikum Place (0.01 acres)

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Tilikum Place itself (the name meaning "welcome" or "greetings" in Chinook jargon) is located at the juncture of the original land claims of Denny, Boren, and Bell. The statue, sculpted by James Wehn from the only existing photo of the chief, was unveiled on Founders' Day, November 13, 1912, by Chief Seattle's great-great-granddaughter. Artist James Wehn also designed the seal for the City of Seattle, which includes a profile of Chief Seattle, and cast the concrete sculptures on the south-east portal of the I-90/Mount Baker Tunnel.

Westlake Square (0.01 acres)

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Westlake Square was once an underground Comfort Station, which was a bus stop shelter built here in 1917. It was demolished and its rooms filled in 1964, and was the last of such stations in Seattle. In 2010, Seattle Department of Transportation redeveloped Westlake Square and adjacent McGraw Square into a new plaza for the South Lake Union Streetcar.

Belmont Place (0.02 acres)

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Right at the triangle meeting spot of Belmont Place and Belmont Avenue. The name kinda makes itself, doesn't it?

Crescent Place (0.02 acres)

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Only 0.02 acres bit, Crescent Place presents a bit of mystery. There's an old metal sculpture that sticks up in the middle of the park's hedge. What is it? Your guess is as good as ours... Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Summit Place (0.02 acres)

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A gorgeous, massive tree shades this triangle that looks down on Lake Union from above.

Laurelhurst Triangle (0.02 acres)

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You might miss this park on a map but you can't miss the enormous tree right in the center of it, looming over the street. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Eastmont Place (0.03 acres)

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Measuring a scant 0.03 acres, this tiny traffic triangle is marked with neighborhood tetherball hanging from a street sign. According to the city it's considered a 10-foot public walkway. See how many steps it takes you to walk the circumference. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Lakeview Place (0.004 acres)

This 185-square-foot park is officially considered by the city parks department as the smallest park in Seattle. There's not really any room to do anything here other than look at it. So, look at it. Photo: Sage Ross

Boylston Place (0.005 acres)

The name for Boylston Place was taken from an adjacent street which was named by Arthur Denny. The property was deeded to the city in 1902 by Mary Denny on the condition that it be beautified as a park, monument or fountain. It's so unassuming, most folks who pass by don't even realize it's a city park. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Hyde Place (0.01 acres)

Deeded to the City in 1911 by Maude & Oliver McGilvra, it was named to honor D.N. Hyde, member of the first City Council 1870. A tiny park you can get a great view from.

Lake City Memorial Triangle (0.01 acres)

This tiny triangle at the corner of 31st Ave. N.E. and Lake City Way is easy to miss. As for what it's a memorial to, well, you'll have to tell us.

Lynn Street Mini Park (0.01 acres)

McGraw Square (0.01 acres)

McGraw Square was acquired by the City in 1911 “for a public square” and designated as a Landmark in 1985. Since 2011, it has been managed and maintained by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). McGraw Square is named for John H. McGraw (1850-1910), who came to Seattle in 1876 and became City Marshall, Chief of Police, Sheriff of King County and eventually second Governor of the State of Washington.

Rainier Place (0.01 acres)

Jurisdiction for the park was transferred to the City in 1909. It was created by the widening of Ballard Place, 56th and 57th in 1909 and extended through Greenwood Park (Ballard Park) from 2nd to W. 55th. The lone, large pine tree is the only demarcation that tells you this is a park. Otherwise, you might not ever know. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Sierra Place (0.01 acres)

You can get some nice Lake Washington views from this tiny park, which is also connected to Landing Parkway, another small space. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Tilikum Place (0.01 acres)

Tilikum Place itself (the name meaning "welcome" or "greetings" in Chinook jargon) is located at the juncture of the original land claims of Denny, Boren, and Bell. The statue, sculpted by James Wehn from the only existing photo of the chief, was unveiled on Founders' Day, November 13, 1912, by Chief Seattle's great-great-granddaughter. Artist James Wehn also designed the seal for the City of Seattle, which includes a profile of Chief Seattle, and cast the concrete sculptures on the south-east portal of the I-90/Mount Baker Tunnel.

Westlake Square (0.01 acres)

Westlake Square was once an underground Comfort Station, which was a bus stop shelter built here in 1917. It was demolished and its rooms filled in 1964, and was the last of such stations in Seattle. In 2010, Seattle Department of Transportation redeveloped Westlake Square and adjacent McGraw Square into a new plaza for the South Lake Union Streetcar.

Belmont Place (0.02 acres)

Right at the triangle meeting spot of Belmont Place and Belmont Avenue. The name kinda makes itself, doesn't it?

Crescent Place (0.02 acres)

Only 0.02 acres bit, Crescent Place presents a bit of mystery. There's an old metal sculpture that sticks up in the middle of the park's hedge. What is it? Your guess is as good as ours... Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Summit Place (0.02 acres)

A gorgeous, massive tree shades this triangle that looks down on Lake Union from above.

Laurelhurst Triangle (0.02 acres)

You might miss this park on a map but you can't miss the enormous tree right in the center of it, looming over the street. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks

Eastmont Place (0.03 acres)

Measuring a scant 0.03 acres, this tiny traffic triangle is marked with neighborhood tetherball hanging from a street sign. According to the city it's considered a 10-foot public walkway. See how many steps it takes you to walk the circumference. Photo: Year of Seattle Parks