Photo of a kayak tour. Three people in teal kayaks with yellow life jackets paddle beneath the board walk with the seawall on their left.

By Tiare Bowman

Who We Are

Waterfront Park is the joint effort of the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle responsible for helping to fund, build, steward, and program the park — today and into the future.

David Rue stands with the microphone raised above his head in front of a Pier 62 pop up tent.

David Rue introduces Portraits In Motion on Pier 62. Photo by Sunny Martini.

Coast Salish canoes approach the floating dock at Pier 62 while Tribal members welcome them from the Pier.

Salmon Homecoming Canoe Landing. Photo by Raven's Tale Studio.

Dedicated to a renewed place to connect — to the water, to the mountains, to our city, and to one another.

In deep collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutional partners, Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s mission is creating, caring for, and activating a renewed place of connection on Seattle’s central shoreline. In addition to raising $110M by 2025 to fund park construction, Friends will provide funding and manage the programming and operations of the future Waterfront Park through a joint-delivery partnership with the City. Park construction began following the Viaduct’s removal and the first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open.

 

Waterfront Block Party 2021. Photo by Tosin Arasi.

Turbulent Times mural by Peter Boome. Photo by Jordan Somers.

The vision for Waterfront Park was conceived through a community‑wide effort.

Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and re-imagine it as public space.

 

The design of Waterfront Park was created with community input and collaboration at its core. Programming the park is made possible through consistent collaboration with community partners, and we invite you to get involved. Interested in partnering with Friends?

Board

Mary Bass

Wells Fargo

Carol Binder

Community Volunteer

Tom Byers

Cedar River Group

Chris DeVore

Founders’ Co-op

Leonard Forsman

The Suquamish Tribe

Olive Goh

Citi Private Bank

Paul Goodrich

Madrona Venture Group

Patrick Gordon

ZGF Architects LLP

Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Falona Joy

SNP Strategies, Inc.

Martha Kongsgaard

Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation

Dan Kully

Kully Struble

Carla Lewis

Community Volunteer

Lori Metcalf

Seattle Academy

John Nesholm

LMN Architects

Jeannie Nordstrom

Civic Leader and Philanthropist

Stuart Rolfe

Wright Hotels, Inc.

Charley Royer (emeritus)

Former Seattle Mayor

Kayley Runstad Swan

Runstad Foundation

Ryan Smith

Martin Smith, Inc.

Louie Ungaro

The Muckleshoot Tribe

Maggie Walker

The Walker Family Foundation

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

Grist

Charles Wright

Merrill Gardens, LLC

Leadership

Gloria Alvarez Connors

Interim Operations Director

Tom Beck

Data Systems Analyst

Blake Bowers

Finance / P&C Administrator

Brianna Browne

Public Programs Manager

Angela Escudero

Office Coordinator

Kelli Faryar

Public Programs Manager

Laura Hendrichsen

Facilities On-Site Operations Supervisor

Yoon Kang-O'Higgins

Director of Public Programs

Marie Kidhe

Senior Community Engagement Manager

Jessica Lotz

Outreach and Events Coordinator

Jason Merges

Communications Content Manager

Mark Meuter

Production Manager

Jamala Myres

Facilities On-Site Operations Manager

Anna O'Donnell

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Nico Onoda-McGuire

Community Impact Manager

Cody Purchase

Facilities On-Site Operations Staff Member

Jordan Remington

Public Programs Manager and Curator of Indigenous Programs

Maria Reyna

Programs Project Manager

Heather Ryan

Vending & Concessions Lead

Britt Rynearson

Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

Erin Saunderson

Assistant to the Director of Operations & Park Experience

Joy Shigaki

President & CEO

Kathleen Shin

Philanthropy & Stewardship Officer

Joey Smith

Campaign Manager

Michael Snuttjer

Facilities On-Site Operations Supervisor

Jon Stone

Interim Public Safety Manager

Eldon Tam

Chief Operating Officer

Chelsea Wong

Community Outreach Assistant

Yiling Wong

Park Marketing Manager

Pulling Together Committee

John Bailey (Muckleshoot)

Member

Sean Daniels (Muckleshoot)

Member

Jolene Haas (Duwamish)

Member

Cleora Hill-Scott (Crow, Sioux, & Pawnee)

Potlatch Fund Representative

Lynett Jordan (Lakota & Ojibwe))

Member

Jessica Juarez-Wagner

Potlatch Fund Representative

Ellany Kayce (Tlingit)

Member

Tim Lehman (Arapaho)

Member

Crystal Purcell

Member

Jordan Remington (Quileute)

Facilitator

Robin Sigo (Suquamish)

Member

Brian Tanner (Salish & Cree)

Potlatch Fund Representative

Community Connections Committee

Tom Byers

Member

Velma Chaney

Member

Timothy Corey

Facilitator

Sarneshea Evans

Facilitator

Olive Goh

Member

Joseph Guanlao

Member

Aleksa Manila

Member

Taelore Rhoden

Member

Omari Salisbury

Member

José Vázquez

Member

Tracey Wong

Member

Work With Us

The City of Seattle, Alliance for Pioneer Square, and Friends of Waterfront Seattle are seeking a retail/F&B tenant for the historic and newly restored Washington Street Boat Landing. Located at the south end of the new Central Waterfront, adjacent to Habitat Beach (opening summer, 2023), just south of Colman Dock, on the route to Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park, and at the west boundary of Pioneer Square, the boat landing is an iconic structure that will benefit as a retail/F&B venue from high levels of foot traffic year-round.

Join our Community Partnership Committees and provide recommendations and feedback in support of Friends’ inclusion and racial equity impact. The Pulling Together Committee consists of Indigenous community organizers and leaders, and the Community Connections Committee consists of BIPOC community organizers and leaders. Applications are due by February 20th.

The Membership Manager will lead the development of a membership program for Waterfront Park. This role will help determine the vision for membership, launch a public campaign to kickstart the program’s growth, and work with colleagues and community partners to develop the benefits, systems, and events that will sustain the program. The intent of this inclusive program is to invite everyone to be part of Waterfront Park, while building a sustainable, long-term engagement pipeline and annual giving program. 2023 will be a pilot year for this program, focused on the assessment, branding, and launch of the program with an emphasis on new member acquisition and benefit package design as a lead up to park opening in 2025 and beyond.

The Philanthropy Coordinator will be a central member of the Philanthropy team, working with colleagues across the organization as well as leadership volunteers to support prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts. This newly created role is an opportunity to be a critical part of a growing team that is working to complete the $200M comprehensive campaign, and build a robust, community-focused philanthropy program that will sustain Waterfront Park in perpetuity.

Reporting directly to the COO and working closely with the contracted CFO, the Accounting Manager will manage all day-to-day accounting responsibilities for the organization. Main job functions include accounts payable, journal entries, donation processing, bank reconciliations, managing expense reports, and budgeting. The position will serve as the main point of contact for internal and external finance-related inquiries. In collaboration with leadership and the CFO, the Accounting Manager will also support higher-level budgeting and forecasting across departments. Candidates with knowledge of GAAP and experience in nonprofits are preferred. This is a full-time, exempt employee with no direct reports.

The Director of Park Experience and Operations ensures that Waterfront Park is the highest and best functioning public space in Seattle. They will work with Friends’ partners to deliver immaculately maintained grounds and facilities, beautifully designed park amenities that meet and anticipate the needs of all users, and a visitor experience that feels inviting, pleasing, and safe—in every sense of that word—to the enormously diverse user groups who need to feel that waterfront park is a home place.

The Assistant Production Manager supports the organizational and onsite operational functions of the Public Programs team, ensuring efficiency and consistency in implementing department processes, onsite tasks, and communication. This role also provides logistical support for all internal and external events with various complexities.

Reporting to the President and CEO, Friends is looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to perform a wide range of administrative duties, including executive support, project management, and Board relations and coordination. This role requires an organized, detail-oriented, multitasker who can handle many diverse projects at once and meet tight deadlines.

The Public Safety Manager is a key member of the operations team and works in collaboration with colleagues across the organization, as well as with public, private, and nonprofit partners in community efforts around public safety. The Public Safety Manager will oversee the goal of fostering a healthy waterfront neighborhood through partnerships that include City law enforcement, private security, and social service outreach. Responsibilities will grow as the entire 20 acres of new public spaces open in 2024, welcoming over 8 million visitors.

The Event and Facility Onsite Operations Assistant supports the on-site operational functions of the Event and Operations team, ensuring efficiency and consistency in implementing department processes, on-site tasks, and communication. This role also provides logistical support for all internal and external events with a variety of complexity. This position requires continual demonstration of the following core competencies: maintaining a quality guest experience, and collaborating across groups to ensure successful events. This is a high-volume environment where work productivity, efficiency, and effective communication skills are a must. This position will also support ensuring that Friends’ diversity, equity and inclusion values are upheld and advanced in the production of events.

Would you like to sell your products and / or services at Waterfront Park?

Resources

Download more information on the design, history, and community partners behind Waterfront Park. See our sign-up page to join our newsletter and see an archive of past newsletters.

Press & Media

Revitalization of Seattle waterfront takes shape after more than a decade of construction

Puget Sound Business Journal
November 7, 2022

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Seattle’s Waterfront is transforming and UW’s tentacles are all over it

UW Magazine
September 1, 2022

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How Seattle’s new waterfront could boost a battered downtown and impact tech companies

GeekWire
April 14, 2022

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Seattle Waterfront: What’s new and what’s planned for family fun
Seattle's Child — March 31, 2022

A day out on the Seattle waterfront with kids
Seattle's Child — March 31, 2022

In Waterfront Park, the seeds of a better Seattle
The Seattle Times — March 18, 2022

Amazon pledges $5M to help support ongoing construction of Seattle’s new Waterfront Park
Seattle Pi — December 9, 2021

‘Reflections’ Dance Festival: A Gift of Indigenous and African American Solidarity
South Seattle Emerald — November 3, 2021

Maggie Walker anticipates the construction of Seattle’s Waterfront Park
Puget Sound Business Journal — September 10, 2021

Pier 62 Shows Seattle in Its Best Light
Seattle Met — March 2, 2021

Seattle’s newest waterfront public space has finally opened
Seattle Urbanized — September 21, 2020

The Future Of Art Is Collaboration: A Conversation With Takiyah Ward
South Seattle Emerald — August 16, 2020

Salmon swim past downtown along new ‘highway’ for fish
Seattle Times — June 4, 2019

Friends of Waterfront Seattle Incubates Small Business to Promote Equity March 2019
Puget Sound Business Journal — March 14, 2019

New study: Waterfront park is Seattle’s new weapon to retain tech talent
Puget Sound Business Journal — March 11, 2019

A Bold New Waterfront Is Coming to Seattle Soon
Seattle Magazine — March 1, 2019

Waterfront Park fits how Seattle lives, works
Daily Journal of Commerce — February 28, 2019

Opinion: Shared investments show Seattle at its best
Puget Sound Business Journal — February 20, 2019

Will we really have a ‘Waterfront for All’?
Daily Journal of Commerce — December 5, 2018

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Partners

Friends of Waterfront Seattle deeply values our partnerships with local nonprofits, foundations, government entities, corporations, and organizations that make our work possible.

Are you interested in joining our robust list of partners that program and steward Waterfront Park?

With support from our sponsors:

What do you want to see, eat, and do on the waterfront?

Want to plan an event? Have an idea for an activity? We want to hear from you! Waterfront Park is committed to serving the needs of its diverse communities through cultural, educational, and recreational activities in a beautiful, welcoming environment.