Duwamish Waterway Park Activation

Updated: July 20, 2017

Summer 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 5 open house and provided input. Come join the community again for fun and informal opportunities to discuss the project at the 11th annual Duwamish River Festival.

Duwamish River Festival
August 26, 2017
Noon - 6 p.m.
Duwamish Waterway Park
7900 10th Avenue S, 98108
Find more information here.

In June 2015 SPARC and the South Park community received a Neighborhood Matching Fund award to hire a landscape architect to engage with the community, identify ways to better 'activate' the park, and come up with a schematic plan. ELM Environment was selected as the project landscape architect. The goal to make the Duwamish Waterway Park a more exciting, safe and inviting place for everyone. 

SPARC and the South Park community, working closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation, have completed Phase 1 of the Duwamish Waterway Park Activation and are currently in the design development phase. Download the Community Scrapbook for a summary of the process and download the Concept Plan to see the proposed schematic.

During the development of the plan, the Friends of Waterway Park, SPARC and Seattle Parks and Recreation engaged the community in the schematic design phase: visioning, working together and developing schematic design. In addition to three planning sessions, there were other ways to contribute ideas at events such as:

  • Lucha Libre
  • National Night Out South Park Putz
  • Duwamish River Festival
  • South Park Fiestas Patrias 

The Friends of Duwamish Waterway, along with Seattle Parks and Recreation are planning the next stage: design development.

Riverwalk Simulation (artist concept)


Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave S


Schematic Plan $25,000


Planning: 2013 - 2015
Design: Summer 2016

Project Description

Recent public planning through the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's Healthy Communities program (2013) and Seattle Parks Foundation's South Park Green Spaces Vision Plan (2014) have identified Duwamish Waterway Park as a key open space in the community in need of improvement. There is a strong interest from the community to create more amenities to draw people to the park.

Community Participation

For additional information contact: Meredith Hall - SPARC Board President at sparc.prez@gmail.com