Jack Block Park – Port of Seattle

This park was dedicated in 1997 after the Port of Seattle cleaned up quite a bit of pollution from the prior owners. They also developed the land south of this park into Terminal 5. Those that follow my posts will remember the trouble I got into at the SE security gate. If not here is that post and a global view of T-5. Terminal 5 Trouble  &  Terminal 5 from Jack Block Park

Dedication of Park in 1997
Dedication of Park in 1997

This park is surrounded by chain link fences that keep us the public out of Terminal 5 and two old rail road approaches to the water.  Not sure why the port left them intact but they do make for some interesting viewing spots. They built mini pedestrian bridges and a viewing tower to allow us to view the city and water but not trespass on the old docks.

The first old dock you come to is not far from one of the parking lots. It has the best view of the rails leading to the dock and how we are built out of that area.

Imagine them loading lumber on this ramp
Imagine them loading lumber on this ramp

How about a closer look at this old ramp?

Ramp with high tide debris
Ramp with high tide debris

And even closer so you can see the rot and deterioration.  Not sure this is even a viable ramp any more.

Rail ramp showing some wear
Rail ramp showing some wear
Old Rail Ramp surrounded by park
Old Rail Ramp surrounded by park

As I walked around to the area you see in the distance with green grass I got some photos looking back at the barges and this old ramp.

Looking back at rail ramp
Looking back at rail ramp

From the park dock that was built for us to enjoy the bay views from, I took some great shots of the city and Elliott Bay.

Seattle view from Jack Block Park
Seattle view from Jack Block Park
The Needle from West Seattle
The Needle from West Seattle

At the end of my adventure here I took the road that winds through fenced areas.  From that ground level side I got the next two photos of the rail that leads to the old wooden ramp. Can you imagine the old lumber mill using this to load and unload their product.

Old Rail Ramp to Bay with Crow guarding

Old Rail Ramp to Bay with Crow guarding

Barge parked on old rail ramp at Jack Block Park
Small viewing bridge  and barge parked on old rail ramp

That company was in this spot almost 100 years and times certainly have changed for Seattle. It used to be a lumber town and now it is a hub of technology and computer science.  One has to wonder if this latest boom will lead to a bust like after the Gold Rush to Alaska in the 1890s & 1900s and the 1970s when we asked the last person leaving Seattle to turn the lights out.

Getting to the river is near impossible from this park. I wondered if I could go off trail and climb my way to the mouth of the river. Check out the next post to see how I did going rogue and some views from around the viewing tower.

To see all of my Duwamish Adventure I have a directory post that links all of the pieces together.  You can find that post here – My Duwamish Adventure Directory

3 thoughts on “Jack Block Park – Port of Seattle

  1. I like this Jack Block Park!

    On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Crows of Arroyos wrote:

    > batgurrl posted: “This park was dedicated in 1997 after the Port of > Seattle cleaned up quite a bit of pollution from the prior owners. They > also developed the land south of this park into Terminal 5. Those that > follow my posts will remember the trouble I got into at the SE” >

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