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Located in Seattle's Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, Counterbalance Park offers visitors a more urban park experience. Locals describe the spot as odd, noisy, and full of concrete. However, the magic of Counterbalance Park comes alive at night when a spectacular light show brightens up this corner of the city.
Counterbalance Park is an oasis tucked between the busy intersection of Roy Street and North Queen Anne Avenue. From 1901 to 1940, a cable-car trolley connected Upper Queen Anne to Lower Queen Anne. It was constructed to help people travel between the two neighborhoods that were separated by extremely steep hills. Counterbalance Park is dedicated to the memory of the cable cars that once made it easier to get around the city. While visiting, look for the etched metal plaques that offer information about the history of the site. The park also offers a great view of the Space Needle.
At night, the park changes from a gritty, urban landscape to a dazzling display of light and color. It's considered to be a public piece of color-changing artwork. Photographers enjoy coming here at night to capture some great nighttime photography and colorful captures of silhouettes. As with all of Seattle's public spaces, the park closes to the public at 10 p.m. If you are coming to see the light show, be sure to come soon after nightfall. Cover image via Flickr by Taomeister (CC BY-SA 2.0).