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I-5 Colonnade (formerly I-5 Open Space)
Pro Parks Project Information

The open space is beneath I-5 in an area south of E. Howe St. between Lakeview Blvd. and Franklin Ave. E.

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I-5 Colonnade
The artwork The Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered) emerges from the interaction of six simple elements that spin a dramatic physical experience under the freeway.


Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community dedicated this unique new open space on Saturday, December 3, 2005. See press release.

Park location: (see map below)
I-5 Colonnade is located under I-5 in the area south of East Howe Street, between Lakeview Boulevard and Franklin Avenue East.

On the Capitol Hill side of I-5
- This new park is just north of the Lakeview Boulevard off-ramp from northbound I-5.
- For pedestrians from 10th Avenue East/Broadway East, it is at the foot of the public stairways at East Howe Street and East Blaine Street.

On the Eastlake side of I-5, from Eastlake Avenue East, go east up the hill a couple of blocks on either East Howe Street or East Blaine Street to the dead-end into the new park.


Andy Sheffer
800 Maynard Ave. S. 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336

I-5 Collonnade
I-5 Collonnade
I-5 Collonnade
I-5 Collonnade

Thank you Seattle. This new 7.5-acre unique park under I-5 opened in December 2005.
Volunteers began work on the mountain bike course in mid-October 2005. The mountain bike portion will be under construction throughout 2006.
In July 2005, the open space was renamed I-5 Colonnade. The name was recommended by the Eastlake Community Council to reflect the concrete columns that support I-5 and stand out in the area.
This project creates 7.5 acres of open space on property owned by Washington State Department of Transportation. Creation of this open space has been in the making since the Eastlake community identified it in their 1998 Neighborhood Plan. Passage of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy provided the $1.8 million necessary to develop the project.

I-5 Colonnade reconnects the Eastlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods with pedestrian walkways and bicycle commuter connections. It also provides a new off-leash dog area and a 1% for Art installation.
The open space is beneath I-5 in an area south of E. Howe St. between Lakeview Blvd. and Franklin Ave. E.
The Pro Parks Levy provides $1,824,870 project costs of planning, design and construction.
Planning: 2001 - 2003
Design: 2003 - 2004
Construction: 2005
Completion: 2005


This project developed an area under I-5 into open space including an off-leash dog area, stairs to make pedestrian connections between Eastlake and Capitol Hill, and a mountain bike course.

The project took into consideration how to configure the major elements including the pedestrian circulation, bike trails, off-leash area and open space in ways that maximize use of the site and minimize the potential impacts from those uses. Attendees at the first workshop chose a preferred alternative. The Schematic Design built on that preferred alternative.

In addition to open space improvements, the Seattle Arts Commission selected John Roloff to design and build public art on the site. His web site is provided below.


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