Lake Union Park
is located on 12 acres of land on the south shore of Lake Union and contains the Historic Ships Wharf and the Center for Wooden Boats
. Much of the park was deeded to the city by the Navy in 2000. The Naval Reserve Building (aka Armory) is also located there and can be rented for events. The park, located in a gritty-but-rapidly-changing urban area close to the Seattle Center
, currently features sailing and rowing rentals and lessons at the Center for Wooden Boats, historic ships for viewing, and open space for strolling, picnicking, and community events.
Recent renovations to the park have included the addition of 1.6 acres of green space, a rebuilt seawall, terraced steps to the water, a cedar plank boardwalk, a pedestrian bridge, and boat-shaped planters full of native plants.