Wallingford is a neighborhood in north central Seattle named after John Noble Wallingford (who died in 1913). John Noble Wallingford was a major local landowner and real estate speculator. At one time his holdings included most of what is now Wallingford and extended north as far as Green Lake.
Wallingford's business district extends along North 45th Street. It features many small shops, the two Guild 45th movie theaters, the Wallingford Center (the former Interlake Elementary School, now turned into shops and apartments), and numerous restaurants (including the original Dick's Drive-In, founded 1954). Meridian Park is just north of North 45th. It includes the Good Shepherd Center, a former home for wayward girls, now a community center, and the Tilth center with urban gardening demo plots.
Like most Seattle neighborhoods, Wallingford's boundaries are not fixed, but they may be thought of as Stone Way North on the west, Lake Union on the south, Interstate 5 on the east, and Woodland Park and NE 60th St on the north. The secondary concentration of mostly retail businesses on North 55th Street near Meridian Avenue is known as Tangletown. The likely source for the name Tangle-town is the irregular configuration of the blocks, some of which follow the contours of Green Lake, others conforming to the city's basic grid.
Gas Works Park is on a peninsula that juts into Lake Union from Wallingford just south of the Burke-Gilman Trail. To the northwest of Wallingford is Woodland Park, featuring the Woodland Park Zoo.
Annual events in the neighborhood include the Wallingford Wurst Festival and the What's Cookin' in Wallingford food festival, as well as the fireworks show every Independence Day at Gas Works Park. The annual Wallingford Kiddie Parade is run in summer on 45th Street.
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