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Volunteer Park Traditional Geocache

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brodiebunch: Sigh............

It's time for the sun to set on the Volunteer Park (GCHC56) cache. Today I was able to go check up on the cache which I replaced 10 days ago. The ammo can was gone and in its place was a soaked log book and some swag. There were wheel tracks around the hedge indicating that park maintenance had been there but according to random geocachers the maintenance crew was aware of the cache and would re-hide it. Or there is was someone around who collected ammo cans (I have had others turn up missing but the contents were left in a plastic bag). The container has been replaced now four times in less than two years and its no longer cost effective to keep this cache going.

After 1419 finds over 11 years, this may have been one of the city's old time caches, I am saddened to see this one go.

Hidden : 12/25/2003
1.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

You are looking for that rarest item: a regular sized geocache-an ammo can (camouflage tape on it) in a very urban park in the densest populated section of a very large city. It's now eleven years old as of Christmas Day 2014. Please do not leave any trackables in this cache, they disappear.

Located in the heart of Seattle, Volunteer Park is home of the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This historic Olmsted Park is beloved by residents and visitors alike.

In 1876 the City purchased 40 acres for $2,000 from a sawmill engineer, J. M. Colman (Colman Park) without specifying purpose other than "municipal".

Ordinance 642 in 1885 defined the purpose as "Washelli Cemetery" but two years later it was changed to "Lake View Park" and gravesites were ordered removed. By 1893, the Park Department had cleared about six acres of timber and planted a nursery supplemented with a greenhouse and hotbed.

Between 1887 and 1904 the park was improved with paths, lawns, beds of flowers, settees and tables for picnickers, and children’s swings, together with native growth, the only greenhouse in the system, and the high pressure reservoir. 1904-1909 the Olmsted Brothers prepared formal plans - gardens system of macadam drives, lily ponds, children’s wading pool and shelter, combination pergola, music pavilion and comfort station, and conservatory building - all completed by 1912.

This park is busy at all times, regardless of the park's posted hours. Because of that, the police patrol it constantly. However, being busy means its a great place to people watch.

It was difficult to find a good hiding spot for the cache because so much of the brush and undergrowth has been removed. Please take care when concealing the cache when/if you locate it. The cache is cover with brush and ground covering.

This is half way between the Art Museum and the Children's pool.

Apparently this park's groundcrew is aware of this cache and when they trim the location, they will move the cache and re-cover it. That would account for the bit of "cache drift" over time. The hint says ten feet but it could be more. Please post any coordinate variations you may come up with.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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