Major Maintenance Project Information
Freeway Park Renovation
700 Seneca St; Seattle, WA 98101-2737
The Pigott Corridor Fountain, the Cannon Cascade Fountain and the American Legion Fountain are currently off for the winter. Additional work is being done to comply with the Washington State Department of Ecology regulations. Parks staff anticipates the work to be completed by the end of 2013.
Parks hired Mayfly Engineering of Seattle to complete the construction documents for the modification of the drainage for the fountains in Freeway Park required by Department of Ecology and Seattle Parks.
The pedestrian lighting project was completed in early 2012. Parks is currently
working on existing wiring issues that were outside the scope of initial work
and need attention.
The Landscape Renovation portion of the Freeway Park renovation was completed in
July 2010. The park has been transformed with an interesting variety of ground
plain plants and the reduced number of large trees introduces light and a more
cheery atmosphere to the park. In August 2010, sunbathers returned to Freeway
Iain Robertson, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of
Washington has been retained to complete recommendations to restore and renew
Freeway Park's landscape. Professor Robertson met with Lawrence Halprin FASLA,
the Park's original designer to discuss the landscape renovation. Parks and Iain
Robertson presented the Landscape Renovation Plan to the Design Commission on
May 15, 2008 and it was unanimously approved. Danadjieva and Koenig Associates
did some preliminary work on the Landscape Renovation Plan in 2006.
The proceedings to nominate Freeway Park as a Historic Landmark have been
postponed until later in 2007.
The Historic Landmark Preservation Board met in November
2006 to review the status. Primarily due to issues raised by Washington State
Department of Transportation (WSDOT), nomination was tabled until further
discussions between the City and WSDOT can occur.
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Neighborhood Matching Funding provides $100,000 for improvements. The Mayor's
2006–2007 budget will include a request for an additional $400,000 for final
design and construction. City Council approved the Mayor's proposed $2.5 million
budget for Freeway Park for the 2007-2008 biennium.
The current goals of this project include:
- developing a landscape improvement plan
- working with the original park designer
- developing kiosks for the future use of wayfinding signs
- developing recommendations for improvements to Pigott Corridor
- and the addition of one (prototype) bench
- additional benches will be added using a donation process, administered
by the Seattle Park Foundation
When Freeway Park was originally designed and constructed in the 1970s and
1980s, its design intent was to create a park providing promenades, views of
Elliott Bay and a green space in the middle of the city. The trees have grown
over the years to such an extent that their canopies now shade much of the
understory shrubs and ground cover plants. The grass and lawn that still remains
are challenged due to lack of light. The selective removal of these trees is
part of an overall plan to make the park more inviting to everyone and to
encourage its active use by children, neighbors, downtown workers, and visitors
using the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.
In November, City Council approved the Mayor's proposed $2.5 million budget for
Freeway Park for the 2007-2008 biennium.
The water returned to the Pigott Corridor fountains on June 25, 2008. Mayor Greg
Nickels turned the water on during a neighborhood celebration. Along with
refurbishing the fountains Parks installed new pedestrian lighting. The design
team was lead by ORB Architects.
Freeway Park Neighborhood Association President (FPNA) - David Brewster
2004-2005 - Project for Public Spaces (PPS) worked with Seattle Parks and
Recreation, Freeway Park Neighborhood Association and other community groups to
develop strategies to activate Freeway Park. PPS developed a conceptual plan to
provide a range of activities to draw members of the diverse Downtown and First
Hill communities together in the park. The goal was to create a sense of
community in Freeway Park that includes families, visitors, local business and
neighbors, by providing activities and amenities for social interaction, while
maintaining a sense of security.
Freeway Park Neighborhood Association and Seattle Parks and Recreation sponsored
a series of workshops and smaller focus group meetings with the community over
an 18 month time period.
Highlights of the schedule include:
10/04 Visioning Workshop #1
12/04 Activation Elements Workshop #2
01/05 Final Report Open House
07/07/06 Open House for Landscape Improvement Plan
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