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Lake Union Park Development
Pro Parks Project Information

Location: The Park is located at the south end of Lake Union, northeast of the intersection of Westlake Avenue and Valley Street.

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View a video from the park Grand Opening Event.


Toby Ressler
Planning & Development Division
800 Maynard Avenue S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1336


Center for Wooden Boats
Center for Wooden Boats

Folded Loop Trail Map
Free loop trail map available at Seattle Parks and Recreation administration building in Denny Park at:
100 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Phase 1

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

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Thank you Seattle!
Lake Union Park is now open.

Thank you to all who supported this project and celebrated with us on September 24, 25, 2010 for the grand opening dedication.

The Lake Union Park reclaims the shoreline and green spaces on Lake Union and fulfills the Olmsted vision of a magnificent waterfront park at the south end of Lake Union.

The park features a model boat pond, restored shoreline habitat and native plants, beach for hand-launched boats, 300-foot long interactive fountain, sculpted landforms for children's play, tree grove with tables and Benches, waterfront boardwalk, terraced steps at the lake edge, history trail spread throughout the park.

The History Trail, designed by Lehrman Cameron Studio, is a series of interpretive monuments, signs, exhibits, and an informational kiosk that tells the story of how Seattles urban cityscape meets the water both in the past and present.

The Park is located at the south end of Lake Union, northeast of the intersection of Westlake Avenue and Valley Street.
Pro Parks Levy funds provide $5,000,000 for the project costs of planning and design and some construction. The total project budget is $30 million and includes donations from the Seattle Park Foundation, private donors and City Investors.
Planning:Sept. 2002 to July 2003
Design:July 2003 to March 2006
Construction:2007 - 2010
Completion:September 25, 2010


The first phase of this construction project is part of a long-term redevelopment effort to create a park which provides indoor and outdoor spaces for large community gatherings as well as waterfront access for workers and residents of the neighborhood.

The park development will support expansion of Maritime Heritage elements, which preserve and display boat/water related history of the region. The park houses the Center for Wooden Boats and other maritime-related organizations such as Northwest Seaport and Virginia V Foundation.

The design team of Hargreaves Associates (San Francisco, CA) and Mithun Architects (Seattle, WA) is leading the design process to take the park master plan through the design process and into construction.


South Lake Union Review Committee
The South Lake Union Review Committee was established by ordinance accepting $5 million from The Parks Foundation, which received the donation from City Investors. The seven-member committee is comprised of Park and City employees as well as members of the Foundation and private citizens. Meeting agendas and minutes will be available throughout the design process on this web page.

Meeting #1 11/09/05 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #2 12/15/05 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #3 01/12/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #4 02/09/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #5 03/09/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #6 05/11/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #7 06/07/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #8 07/13/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #9 09/14/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #10 12/12/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #11 11/14/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #12 12/14/06 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #13 1/11/07 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #14 2/08/07 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #15 3/15/07 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #16 4/12/07 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #17 5/10/07 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #18 6/14/08 Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
Meeting #19 7/12/08 Agenda (PDF)

Public Meetings:
Notes and Summaries from five public meetings between November 20, 2002 and November 16, 2004 are available in public meetings information (PDF).


Updated  6/14/2011
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