Freeway Park Improvements

Updated: September 12, 2019

Summer/Fall 2019

Help us restore Freeway Park to make it one of Seattle's great places! Join us at the Panel Discussion to learn about the history of the park and the ideas for repairing, restoring, and enhancing.

  • Open House and Panel Discussion
    Monday, Oct 28, 2019
    6:30- 9 p.m.
    Town Hall Seattle
    1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    Panel: Randy Gragg (Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation); Alison Hirsch (Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at USC School of Architecture); Kenneth Helphand (FASLA, Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon); Charles A. Birnbaum (FASLA, FAAR, President & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation). Other panelists to be determined.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has $10 million for capital improvements and activation at Freeway Park. Of the total, $750,000 is focused on activation of Freeway Park to be managed by the Freeway Park Association, and the remaining $9,250,000 will provide funding for capital improvements to repair, restore and possibly enhance the park. This $10 million is part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion.  

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

The scope of the capital project work builds on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and includes infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding, and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents in hand by June 2021. 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.

Our project team includes:
Walker Macy - https://www.walkermacy.com/
3 Square Blocks  - http://3squareblocks.com/
Freeway Park Association - http://freewayparkassociation.org/

Community Participation

One of the critical components of this project is public outreach. There is a very diverse set of stakeholders that surround and use the park. Together with our consultant team, we will 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. Join us at two upcoming public events to learn more about the project and share your ideas for repairing, restoring, and enhancing Freeway Park.
View the events poster here

Public Kick-Off Event 9/10/2019

Background Documents