Freeway Park Improvements

Updated: July 7, 2020

Summer 2020

Help shape the future of Freeway Park, provide input through the Freeway Park online Open House, freewaypark.infocommunity.org. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and Freeway Park Association encourage you to participate. Your input will help SPR and the design team prioritize the capital improvement projects in the park. Please visit freewaypark.infocommunity.org.

Online Open House
July 7 - August 5, 2020
Online Open House Poster

Seattle Parks and Recreation has received $10 million in funding from the Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project as part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion. The funding will repair, restore, and enhance Freeway Park. Of the $10 million, $750,000 is for activation within the park and $9,250,000 is dedicated to capital improvements which covers construction (approximately $6 million), as well as design and project management, permitting, sales tax and contingencies.

The initial scope of the capital improvements is based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and identifies infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents by June 2021.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and who attended the October 28 Open House/Panel Discussion. Your participation was valuable and appreciated! Please see meeting presentation, survey results and notes below.

Jim Ellis Freeway Park Fountain Discharge Retrofit

This project is in construction with completion expected by the end of 2020.

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the fountain retrofit construction contract to JEM Contractors. The notice to proceed was issued the first week in March. The project will reroute the discharge from the American Legion, Paul Piggott and Canyon Cascade fountains from the storm drains to the sanitary sewer. This project was developed to upgrade the fountains to meet the new water quality code that was approved in 2012.

If you have questions or need more information about the Freeway Park Fountain project, contact Sandra Albertsen at:
Sandra.Albertsen@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8938

Location

Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St, 98101

Budget

As a result of the Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project's proposed street vacations, $10 million will be paid to Seattle Parks and Recreation over the next twenty-one (21) months to repair, restore and possibly enhance Freeway Park. This $10 million is part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion. A portion of this money ($750,000) is focused on activation within Freeway Park; the remainder ($9,250,000) dedicated to capital improvements at the park.

Schedule

Planning: 2019 - Summer 2020
Design: Fall 2020 - Winter 2021/22
Construction: 2022

Project Description

The scope of the capital project work builds on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and includes infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding, and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents in hand by June 2021. The rough order of magnitude cost estimate to repair, restore and possibly enhance Freeway Park is based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, which identifies areas of focus.

Our project team includes:
Walker Macy - https://www.walkermacy.com/
3 Square Blocks  - http://3squareblocks.com/
Freeway Park Association - http://freewayparkassociation.org/

Community Participation

One of the critical components of this project is public outreach. There is a very diverse set of stakeholders that surround and use the park. Together with our consultant team, we will engage with the adjacent Washington State Convention Center, surrounding business community, residents that live around the park, homeless individuals who use the park on a frequent basis, and other stakeholders and user groups.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. It closed November 2019. See results below.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Project Kick-Off event on September 10, 2019 and everyone who joined us at the Open House and Panel Discussion on October 28, 2019. These events were great opportunities to learn more about the project and share your ideas for repairing, restoring, and enhancing Freeway Park. Your input was helpful and greatly appreciated.
View the events poster here.

Public Kick-Off Event 9/10/2019

Open House and Panel Discussion 10/28/2019

Panel: Randy Gragg (Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation); Alison Hirsch (Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at USC School of Architecture); Kenneth Helphand (FASLA, Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon); Charles A. Birnbaum (FASLA, FAAR, President & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation); Iain Robertson (Associate Professor and Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences).

Background Documents