Last updated on July 26th, 2022

Volunteer Park, smack dab in the center of Seattle in the Capital Hill neighborhood, is a peaceful and quaint place to enjoy nature, relax, and have fun. The park features trails to wander through nature, a water tower that you can climb (and catch spectacular views of the city), tennis courts, a shelter house, an outdoor stage, a wading pool, a play area and several monuments and sculptures. It also provides a beautiful backdrop for photos.

It is home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The Landmarks Preservation Board designated Volunteer Park as a Seattle Landmark on November 2, 2011.

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Note to self

  • Check out the wading pools in the summer! (One of Seattle’s biggest wading pools)
  • This park has tennis courts, playground, a wading pool, and trails.
  • Lots of squirrels in the area and ducks in the ponds.
  • Dog friendly park.
  • If you stand in the right location, you can see the Space Needle through the Black Sun sculpture at the front of Volunteer Park Reservoir.
  • You can climb up the Water Tower Observation Deck to get a glimpse of downtown Seattle.
  • This park is a short walk to Bruce and Brandon Lee’s gravesite in Lake View Cemetery.

Spray Parks/Wading Pools in Seattle

  • Water sprays are chemically treated and filtered. The water is re-circulated and will automatically shut off and rebalance to public health standards.
  • Wading pools are filled and drained daily; they are chemically treated and checked hourly to make sure the water meets the health code.
  • There are usually a lot of people in wading pools, so do not drink the water.
  • Call the wading pool hotline at 206-684-7796 to find out what’s open in the summer.
  • Follow state and local health and safety guidelines when visiting these spray parks and wading pools.
  • Find out more on their website.
Q Wading pool hours?

Wading Pools open on a rolling schedule in late June, usually. They are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above. Find out more about their schedule here->

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  • Playground:Large
  • Free Entry?:Yes
  • Parking:Free Parking, Parking Lot, Street Parking
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