Campaign for Waterfront Park

Our city began on the waterfront —
and what we do with it today will determine its future.

This campaign will seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a landmark space that celebrates and honors our past, allows all who live here to experience the best Seattle has to offer today, and allows us to look forward with excitement to tomorrow.

Campaign Overview

This campaign will ensure we don’t just create another green space, but establish something truly special for our community.

  • Through a stunning 20 acres along our shoreline, Waterfront Park will reconnect Seattle with the water that has always been at the heart of our city.
  • Waterfront Park will integrate the waterfront with the bustling downtown core, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion, and the historic neighborhoods that surround it.
  • This dynamic, connective park will create spaces for people to rest, reflect, and revel in nature; lift up our thriving arts and culture community with performances and programming; and remain a free and accessible destination for children and families, visitors from across the region, and tourists from across the globe.

Campaign Investments

In 2017, in partnership with community leaders, Friends of Waterfront Seattle embarked on a $200 million fundraising campaign that builds on City of Seattle and taxpayer investments in Waterfront Park. Every dollar toward the campaign leverages $6 in public funding toward a $1B+ vision for the transformation of Seattle’s waterfront:

  • $110 million toward critical Waterfront Park infrastructure
  • $75 million toward 10 years of park programming, maintenance, and operations of Friends of Waterfront Seattle as a long-term steward of the park
  • $15 million toward operating reserves will ensure the park’s sustainability no matter what our city faces


Waterfront Park Progress

To be completed in 2025, Waterfront Park is already transforming before our eyes, and we can feel the momentum for Friends’ fundraising and community engagement efforts. With demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct complete and the commencement of Waterfront Park construction in Fall 2019, we now are full speed ahead. Pier 62 is now open, and with the Viaduct gone, the waterfront is looking — and sounding — like a different place. Come down and take a look!

This park will touch all of us—across every age, income, and background—and a vision this bold will take all of us to bring it to life. Help us imagine and create the best version of our waterfront with a gift to the Campaign for Waterfront Park.

Image by Rhoades Clark courtesy of DSA

Image by Rhoades Clark courtesy of DSA

Campaign Steering Committee

Stephanie Ellis-Smith
Leslie Hanauer
Martha Kongsgaard
Carla Lewis
John Nesholm
Jeannie Nordstrom
Kayley Runstad Swan
Maggie Walker
Charlie Wright

Image by Karina Matias

Image by Karina Matias

Campaign Advisors

Susan Brotman
Karen Daubert
Chris DeVore
Matt Griffin
Jan Hendrickson
Bob Ratliffe
Bob Strong

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.