Portage Bay Park (Fritz Hedges Waterway Park)

Updated: October 15, 2020

Fall 2020

The new park in Portage Bay is open! It opened October 14, 2020.

It is named Fritz Hedges Waterway Park. Fredrick "Fritz" Hedges was a long-term Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) professional, last serving as the Director of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. Fritz dedicated his life to the idea that parks and recreation are vital components of urban life for all residents. For more information visit Seattle Parks and Recreation Opens Fritz Hedges Waterway Park.

From Spring 2018

Bids for the project were successful and the project was awarded to Orion Marine Group. Construction is planned to commence in late May with a completion in the fall of 2019.

Portage Bay Park is the site of the former UW Police Station and Bryants Marina, on the shore of Portage Bay in the SE corner of the UW campus. The existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the shoreline park development. The park will include historical elements, water access for people and hand carried boats and areas of open lawn for passive recreation.

The development of this property into a park is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement between the City, WSDOT and the University of Washington. Thank you to the community for your collaboration during the design phase. We appreciate your participation.

Download the final design document or view media coverage


Fritz Hedges Waterway Park, 1117 Northeast Boat Street, 98105


Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased this site from the University of Washington with funds provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as mitigation for impacts in the Washington Park Arboretum and East Montlake and McCurdy Parks as a result of the SR520 expansion project. Additional funding for the park development was provided by WSDOT as mitigation associated with the SR520 project.


Planning: 2015
Design: 2016 - 2017
Construction: Late May 2018 - Summer 2020
Completion: Early Fall 2020

Project Description

The goal for the project is to design a park that provides shoreline/water-related experiences for all ages and abilities. The park will provide a range of passive recreational opportunities as well as shoreline restoration and habitat, small gathering areas, picnic spots, and opportunities for interpretation and education. The project also includes cleanup of site contamination, building demolition, potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1  6/9/2015

Public Meeting #2  9/24/2015

Online Open House 10/8/2015

Public Meeting #3 2/9/2016

Online Open House 2/18/2016

Portage Bay Design Commission