Cal Anderson Lighting Study

Updated: March 20, 2018

Spring 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the Lighting Study Open House and Input Opportunity on December 14, 2017. We received much valuable input for the lighting study to improve lighting at Cal Anderson Park and to help achieve the goal of this project for defining a path forward that both enhances the night-time experience of visitors while preserving the historical character of Cal Anderson Park.

Building on the community's previous work and in response to the concerns of community members that many areas of the park have insufficient lighting, SPR has been evaluating the current lighting and working with designers and stakeholders to inform a solution that meets their needs. This process has included a night walk with stakeholder, an examination of alternatives at Seattle City Light's Lighting Design Lab, a presentation to the Architectural Review Committee of the Landmarks Board, and partnership with the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks, Seattle Police Department, and others.   

Through a series meetings with these community groups and a public meeting, Berger Partnership, the original designers of the park, as well as Dark Light Design, who completed the Cal Anderson Lighting Master Plan (LMP) in 2015, have built on the LMP and arrived at a schematic design for future lighting enhancement capital projects.

The goals and intentions of  this study:

  • Study alternatives for improving the lighting at Cal Anderson Park, including adding lighting and retrofitting existing light fixtures for greater energy-efficiency.
  • Develop specific projects and detailed cost estimates.
  • Maintain the historic Olmsted character of this Landmarked park.


Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Avenue 98122


$50,000 funding is provided by the Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET).


Stakeholder Meetings: September - November 2017
Public Meeting: Early December 2017
Report Draft Due: Early March 2018
Final Report Submitted: March 2018


There were two recent studies done by others:

  1. Cal Anderson Park Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Assessment by the Seattle Neighborhood Group.
    • Highlighted some areas in the park that are dark or have low light levels, with perceived safety issues.
    • There are more people in the park due to the new light rail station, and improving lighting is one way SPR can continue its efforts to activate the park.
  2. The 2015 Cal Anderson Park Lighting Master Plan funded by Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Seattle Parks and Recreation did not fund or prepare the study.