Big changes are coming to Seattle's waterfront.  In July 2012, the City of Seattle released a Concept Design, Framework Plan, and Strategic Plan to capture the overall vision for the waterfront.

Today the Office of the Waterfront is delivering that vision in the form of the Waterfront Seattle Program. A new Elliott Bay Seawall is under construction, replacing the existing 100 year old seawall. Seawall construction is expected to be completed in 2017 and will serve as the foundation of the central waterfront.

To prepare for these changes, the City of Seattle launched "Waterfront Seattle" - a multi-year program to plan, design, and ultimately build the new waterfront - working intensively with civic leaders, waterfront stakeholders, and the broader Seattle public. The Program covers the waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown and, in addition to a rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall, includes new parks and paths, access to the water, places to enjoy views, vibrant public and cultural spaces, and a new surface street that will accommodate all modes of travel and provide an important connection in the city's transportation system.