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Pavement to Parks Overview

Pavement to Parks projects create new public spaces by reclaiming underused street space for pedestrian-oriented uses. The most successful Pavement to Parks projects:

  • Provide useful and active neighborhood public space
  • Allow communities to test out new ideas
  • Enhance safety for all road users

Seattle welcomed 50,000 new residents between 2010 and 2015. As the city grows denser, the need for livable, vibrant public spaces increases. Pavement to Parks projects use short-term strategies to deliver new public spaces that will serve as front yards, playgrounds, social spaces, and active zones.  These adaptive strategies foster partnerships and community stewardship.

Pavement to Parks Projects in Seattle

SDOT began installing Pavement to Parks projects in summer 2015 and will be continuing to develop new projects throughout the city. Check out the map on our home page to see the projects that have been completed or are coming soon.   If you have a great idea for a Pavement to Parks project in your neighborhood, please contact Susan.McLaughlin@Seattle.gov or call 206-733-9649.

University St, E Union St, and Boylston Ave in First Hill
University St, E Union St, and Boylston Ave in First Hill

Community-designed street mural at Pavement to Parks project in Rainier Vista
Community-designed street mural at Pavement to Parks project in Rainier Vista

Maintenance Agreements

To ensure that Pavement to Parks projects are full of activity and stay clean and safe for everyone, community hosts will partner with the City on a maintenance agreement that is customized to each site. Maintenance agreements will address cleanliness, vegetation, amenities, and activation at each of the Pavement to Parks sites.

Project Evaluation

We carefully evaluate Pavement to Parks projects to make sure they are meeting their intended goals and serving as valuable community assets.

These projects are evaluated based on traffic data, observations, and surveys, but some projects may require other evaluation criteria as well.

 

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