Due to COVID, park programs and activities are passive at this time.

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle.

The future Waterfront Park will span 20 acres along Seattle’s downtown shoreline. A constellation of lush, open public spaces linked together by a pedestrian-oriented promenade, Waterfront Park welcomes and encourages the public to come together.

From dynamic open spaces with free, rotating activities and events, to coastline habitats for learning and exploration, to peaceful landscaped seating areas for a natural respite from the urban hustle and bustle, Waterfront Park has something for everyone. Stretching from the Pioneer Square to Belltown neighborhoods, Waterfront Park reactivates Seattle’s exceptional urban shoreline, creating a new public place that reconnects the city to its surrounding natural environment.

Emerging out of 10 years of public comment, the completed design of Waterfront Park emphasizes connectivity — between people and place, past and present, sea and shore. This is a park for Seattle locals and visitors alike, with lively gathering spaces and year-round educational and recreational park programs celebrating the diverse cultures that define the Pacific Northwest.

A salmon-friendly seawall and expansive natural landscaping with biofiltration support a sustainable nearshore environment, building lasting connections between the city and Elliott Bay and creating an accessible and inspired new waterfront district. This extraordinary park is a tribute to the people, landscapes, and traditions that define Seattle.

More details about the park:

  • Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Waterfront Park stitches together Seattle waterfront landmarks including the historic Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, Colman Dock, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
  • Waterfront Park introduces new bicycle and walking trails along the shoreline, expanding Seattle’s robust network of bike- and pedestrian-oriented corridors.
  • The shoreline ecosystem and innovative, sustainable design is a key focus for Waterfront Park, helping support the environmental health of Seattle’s waterfront.
  • Throughout its history, Seattle’s waterfront has been shaped by its uses including ship building, fishing, canning, trading, and transportation. Waterfront Park represents the latest chapter in the history of this working waterfront as it evolves to meet a new cultural need for the larger Seattle community.
  • The first piece of Waterfront Park, Pier 62, is opening soon. Construction will continue on the rest of Waterfront Park with completion in 2024.

For details on Waterfront Park’s project delivery and construction information, visit waterfrontseattle.org.

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Timeline

A New Era For Seattle & Its Waterfront

With Waterfront Park, Seattle’s residents are making a conscious choice about how to improve the waterfront to best serve the community and the environment. Shaped by tens of thousands of voices gathered through a rigorous public process, Waterfront Park fulfills the community’s vision for a central waterfront for all of Seattle.

The design for this 20-acre linear park responds to the public’s overwhelming call for an open, accessible waterfront — one that reconnects the city to its coastline just as it restores the health of the nearshore environment. Through years of unprecedented collaboration between government officials, community leaders, tribes, businesses, and the public at large, Seattle’s new waterfront is taking shape to be more than a park. It is a welcoming, engaging framework that can meet the ever-evolving needs of the communities it serves.

For details on Waterfront Park’s project delivery and construction information, visit waterfrontseattle.org.

2009

Viaduct before demolition

Image by Nick Brown

December

The Central Waterfront Committee (CWC) is formed by a City ordinance to advise on public spaces and framework for waterfront design.

2010

James Corner on the Seattle Waterfront

Image by Tim Aguero courtesy of Gray Magazine

September

James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) wins international competition to work with the City to design Seattle’s waterfront park.

2011

Maggie Walker and Charlie Royer speaking at Waterfront Space

Image by Roobert Wade

January

Seattle City Council creates Central Waterfront Committee (CWC), co-chaired by Charles Royer and Maggie Walker, and adopts guiding principles to advance the project.

Starting 2011

Broad public outreach with wide-ranging community participation to design waterfront park begins.

2012

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

July

Informed by community input, Waterfront Park Concept designed by JCFO and CWC Strategic Plan rolls out.

August

City Council adopts JCFO concept design and CWC strategic plan.

November

77% of Seattle voters approve $290M seawall bond to replace the Elliott Bay Seawall.

2013

Seawall construction

Image by Steve Ringman courtesy of Seattle Times

November

Seawall construction begins.

2014

Community event in Waterfront Space

Image by Robert Wade

August

Metropolitan Park District (MPD) approved by Seattle voters: designates $3.5M in annual support for waterfront park operations and maintenance.

September

Friends of Waterfront Seattle established.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle and City open Waterfront Space, a public project showroom, event space, and Friends’ headquarters.

2015

Rendering of MarketFront and Overlook walk before opening.

Image by Miller Hull

March

Council action authorizes Pike Place Market expansion, MarketFront, with $34M in City funding; MarketFront will connect to the future waterfront, making it an expansion enabled by the park project.

June

Pike Place Market’s MarketFront groundbreaking.

August

Seattle Aquarium Master Plan expansion approved by Mayor and City Council.

2016

2016 image

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

Early 2016

Seattle Aquarium expansion concept design begins.

July

City Council approves the Pier 62 Rebuild project, allowing Friends and City to deliver a piece of the waterfront park early.

2017

MarketFront opening

June

Pike Place Market’s expansion, MarketFront, opens.

Fall

Groundbreaking for Pier 62 rebuild.

Elliott Bay Seawall replacement project is complete.

2017-18

Looking north: view of a stroll along the boardwalk, just south of Seattle Aquarium

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

Local Improvement District (LID) outreach to property owners; the LID is an important funding piece for the waterfront park through assessments of specially benefitted properties

2019

Viaduct demolition

Image by Nick Brown

Early 2019

Viaduct closes / Tunnel opens.

City Council enacts Local Improvement District to fund park.

Fall

Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed; waterfront park construction begins.

2020

Rendering of Pier 62 from Overlook Walk

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

Fall

Rebuilt Pier 62 opens to public.

2024

Rendering of Overlook Walk

Image by James Corner Field Operations courtesy of the City of Seattle

Entire waterfront park opens to public.

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.