Occidental Park
Occidental Park
3.5
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This urban park is best known for its four totem poles carved by local artist Duane Pasco.
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Neighbourhood: Pioneer Square
How to get there
  • Pioneer Square • 4 min walk
  • King Street Station • 5 min walk
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,801 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Occidental Park is a nice area with some interesting sculptures. The Memorial to the fallen firefighters is particularly moving. There are some homeless people in the park, but they seem to mind their own business and do not bother others. The park is mostly concrete without any grass, but it does have a number of trees as well as seats for people to rest on.
Written 24 November 2023
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BobiTychynskiShimoda
Oakville, Canada397 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This urban concrete park has a variety of cool art installations and a life-sized chess set. You may wish to visit in a group -as there are interesting characters about. It likely would feel safer during the day.
Written 17 June 2023
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HuskerTraveler2
Lincoln, NE1,172 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This was a sun dappled courtyard at one time. It probably had many restaurants and galleries. But, this is the case no longer as the homeless have set up shop here. I would definitely avoid this area after dark.
Written 11 September 2022
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CC_Sea
Seattle12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It reminds me Gotham City and it smells like a urinal or worse. Pioneer square is degraded and most nice shops have closed down. The only reason I go there at all is because I have to work there. I never go outside unless I have to. Pike Place Market is a better bet
Written 4 September 2022
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD693 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
When I travel I look for a spot to sit out at night and read a book over coffee - found this on a visit. Critical items - chairs or benches (chairs here) and sufficient street light (yes), plus enough foot traffic to give me something to look at over the course of an hour or two. This park delivers - and you don't feel unsafe in the least wander around it or the immediate next several blocks. Also street parking is readily available. There's an interesting firefighters memorial sculpture and the totem poles. Yes, there are some wandering around (Pioneer square which seems to be home base is a couple blocks away), but Seattle's homeless are 'well behaved' or at any rate not confrontational and/or crazed.
Written 31 July 2021
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA388 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
It's a nice plaza, but I didn't notice anything especially remarkable. I'd say if you're in the area middayish, it may be worth a quick wander. It was, however, in the middle of some kind of renovation when we went, so who knows? It could end up looking much nicer.
Written 18 October 2020
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Boutip
Gatineau, Canada740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Huge park located in the middle of the historical districts of Seattle. Good place to bring your lunch and sit on one of the bench to eat and chill. There is some games for kids and play around.
Written 20 March 2020
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
After taking a city underground tour of the Seattle Pioneer Square district we popped up in this once doggy neighborhood of Occidental Square. Today it is a 0.6-acre public park, with outdoor tables and chairs, a new play area for games (including chess and table football), street artists and food carts. We took a break at the Arcade bakery, where the coffee is nice and sitting in the shade of the trees it is a great place to take a break from walking. The Square is surrounded by classic red-brick buildings, it makes a lovely setting for the Native American artists, such as Duane Pasco’s wooden carvings standing amongst the other native American wooden totem poles.
Local artist Hai Ying Wu bronze sculpture to Fallen Firefighters is a beautiful piece of art, and although it was inspired by the four firefighters that died while fighting a warehouse fire in Seattle's Chinatown, on January 5, 1995, the Memorial is a tribute to all Seattle firefighters that have died on duty since 1889. Unfortunately, there are too many political plaques attached to the memorial wanting praise for what they did or did not do, like the Mayor, Firefighters Union, even the staff at the university!
The Square is patrolled day and night by ‘park ambassadors’ (dressed in yellow vests) who handle security, cleanups and tourist information. We found it an interesting place to walk through and stop for a coffee. Or if you are on a budget there is a free drinking fountain on the Squares poriferous.

TIP: If you get time take one of the underground walking tours, you will not regret it.
Written 2 March 2020
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BeginsInWonder
Seattle, WA412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Occidental Park is more of a square or a plaza. Visit on a fair weather day. A totem pole is framed by plane trees and a skyline including Seattle’s oldest skyscraper. There are open air table tennis tables and a large chess set. The rows of planes frame a monument to fallen firefighters consisting of bronze statues of firefighters and fallen columns. It’s a European like square. There are some artisan shops and cafes nearby and it’s in the heart of the Pioneer Square district.
Written 16 February 2020
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ianwyj
Singapore5,150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Occidental Park is the centre of historic Pioneer Square district in Seattle. I'm not sure how it got its name but I'm guessing it might pertain to the city's role as a gateway to parts further west during the Klondike gold rush. It's quite a peaceful part of downtown although there's not a lot to see here apart from the plant-lined buildings, some totem poles (donated by a local art gallery owner), an open-air giant chess board. Perhaps the most interesing 'attraction' is the monument to fallen firefighters.
Written 2 December 2019
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