Cal Anderson Lighting Study

Updated: March 7, 2019


Thank you to everyone who participated and gave feedback for the Cal Anderson Lighting Study. We received much valuable input that helped us define a path forward that both enhances the night-time experience of visitors while preserving the historical character of Cal Anderson Park. You can download the final report Cal Anderson Park Schematic Lighting Study to see the results.

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