The replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall, already underway, and the pending removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct open up 26 blocks of new possibilities, presenting a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reunite Seattle to its central waterfront.
Seizing this opportunity, the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Development, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Central Waterfront Committee (CWC) —the body of community volunteers and civic leaders chartered to advise the Mayor and City Council on the waterfront’s future—have worked together to develop a vision and plan for a post-viaduct future, in collaboration with consultants, stakeholders, and the community at large. This ambitious undertaking resulted in the selection of james corner field operations as the lead landscape architect of Waterfront Seattle’s park, and the development of a design driven by public input that capitalizes on this rare opportunity to transform our waterfront into a vibrant civic destination and reclaim Seattle’s identity as a true waterfront city. Click here to download the full Design Summary.
Pursuant to the Strategic Plan drafted by CWC and authorized by the City Council, Friends of Waterfront Seattle was established to partner with the City in ensuring the project’s legacy as a beloved park. In an effort to maintain strong, steady guidance of the Waterfront Seattle vision, several CWC members also serve on Friends’ Board of Directors.