Waterfront Seattle is a civic project that will transform Seattle’s central waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown. It includes rebuilding the Elliott Bay Seawall, removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and constructing a park plan designed by james corner field operations, a leader in sustainable landscape architecture. This design includes:
- 26 blocks of park spaces and a pedestrian promenade, with a bike path running throughout
- Use of light-penetrating surfaces and other design elements to help promote salmon migration and our near-shore ecology
- A habitat beach that restores the coastline and fosters biodiversity
- Lush, native plantings inspired by our majestic coastlines with bioswales that help remove groundwater pollutants
- A plaza that supports the expansion of the Seattle Aquarium
- An elevated park with views from the level of the viaduct, connecting the Pike Place Market expansion with Elliott Bay
- Public piers redesigned for a variety of cultural and recreational activities, with kayak launches and consequential public art commissions inspired by the waterfront
- More accessible east-west connections to adjacent neighborhoods
This is one of the most impactful civic projects to occur in Seattle’s history, and is one of the largest sustainable development projects in the nation. Most importantly, Waterfront Seattle will reunite us with our waterfront and celebrate our identity as a waterfront city.
For more information, visit www.waterfrontseattle.org.