Cal Anderson Lighting Study

Updated: November 21, 2017

Fall 2017

Lighting Study Open House and Input Opportunity
Thursday, December 14, 2017
5 - 8 p.m.
Cal Anderson Shelter House
1635 11th Ave, 98122

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is undertaking a lighting study for improved lighting at Cal Anderson Park. The goal of this project will be to define a path forward that both enhances the night-time experience of visitors while preserving the historical character of Cal Anderson Park.

Building on the community's previous work and in response to the concerns of community members that many areas of the park have insufficient lighting, SPR will use evaluations of the current lighting and work with designers and stakeholders to inform a solution that meets their needs. This will include public outreach, an examination of alternatives, cooperation with the Landmarks Board, Cal Anderson Park Alliance, Capitol Hill Housing, Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks, and others. 

Through a series meetings with these community groups and a public meeting, Berger Partnership, the original designers of the park, as well as Dark Light Design, who completed the Cal Anderson Lighting Master Plan (LMP) in 2015, will work with Seattle Parks and Recreation to build on the LMP and arrive at a schematic design including the selection of appropriate fixtures for a future lighting enhancement capital project.

The goals and intentions of  this study:

  • Study alternatives for improving the lighting at Cal Anderson Park, including adding lighting and retrofitting existing light fixtures for greater energy-efficiency.
  • Develop specific projects and detailed cost estimates.
  • Maintain the historic Olmsted character of this Landmarked park.


Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Avenue 98122


$50,000 funding is provided by the Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET).


Stakeholder Meetings: September - November 2017
Public Meeting: Early December 2017
Report Draft Due: Late December 2017
Final Report Submitted: January 2018


There were two recent studies done by others:

  1. Cal Anderson Park Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Assessment by the Seattle Neighborhood Group.
    • Highlighted some areas in the park that are dark or have low light levels, with perceived safety issues.
    • There are more people in the park due to the new light rail station, and improving lighting is one way SPR can continue its efforts to activate the park.
  2. The 2015 Cal Anderson Park Lighting Master Plan funded by Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Seattle Parks and Recreation did not fund or prepare the study.