Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Waterfront Park Home to New Panel Series
8/17/2012 12:00:00 PM
Richard Sheridan (206) 684-8540
Waterfront Park Home to New Panel Series
Eight panels explore yesterday, today, and tomorrow for Seattle’s waterfront
SEATTLE— Today, the Seattle Department of Transportation is completing installation of a series of graphical information panels in Waterfront Park. The series highlights facts about the past, present, and future waterfront, including the historic construction of the seawall, fun facts about the current waterfront, and opportunities for the post-Viaduct future.
The panels aim to raise awareness of the waterfront’s many aspects for both visitors and native Seattleites. From a rich history in the maritime industry and blue-collar jobs to the current attractions and thousands of daily commuters and visitors, the Seattle waterfront has transformed dramatically over time and will continue to do so in the years to come. The panels are intended to breathe new life into Waterfront Park in both a whimsical and educational way, while simultaneously providing background information on the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle.
The series has four “chapters:” Above (today), Below (underwater habitat and ecology), Ebb (our history and the construction of the seawall), and Flow (tomorrow’s waterfront). Waterfront businesses provided material to help build the “Above” panel about today’s iconic waterfront.
The panels are designed to remain in place through construction of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project (intended for completion in early 2016). The panels will raise awareness about the waterfront and ongoing projects as part of a broad public outreach program. Each panel has been fabricated to allow for updates and modifications as the Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle move forward.