Freeway Park Improvements

Updated: March 21, 2019

Spring 2019

The Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project is providing $10 million in funding to repair, restore and enhance Freeway Park. This funding is part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion.

The rough order of magnitude cost estimate to repair, restore and possibly enhance Freeway Park is based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, which identifies areas of focus.

Location

Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St, 98101

Budget

As a result of the Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project's proposed street vacations, $10 million will be paid to Seattle Parks and Recreation over the next twenty-one (21) months to repair, restore and possibly enhance Freeway Park. This $10 million is part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion. A portion of this money ($750,000) is focused on activation within Freeway Park; the remainder ($9,250,000) dedicated to capital improvements at the park.

Schedule

Planning: 2019
Design: 2019 - June 2020
Construction: Summer 2020 - December 2021

Project Description

Improvements at Freeway Park will include repairing, restoring and possibly enhancing Freeway Park, based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan which identifies areas of focus, and on community input.

Community Participation

One of the critical components of this project will be public outreach. There is a very diverse set of stakeholders that surround and use the park. The successful consultant team will be expected to help SPR engage with the adjacent Washington State Convention Center, surrounding business community, residents that live around the park, homeless individuals who use the park on a frequent basis, and other stakeholders and user groups. The outreach effort will likely include meeting(s) with the identified stakeholders, and others, as well as SPR's more traditional public meetings.

Background Documents