Portage Bay Park

Updated: October 26, 2017

Fall 2017

The final design for this project is complete. The project will be going out to bid by the end of 2017.
Download the final design document or view media coverage

Portage Bay Park is the site of the former UW Police Station and Bryants Marina, on the shore of Portage Bay in the SE corner of the UW campus. The existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the shoreline park development. The park will include historical elements, water access for people and hand carried boats and areas of open lawn for passive recreation. SPR is currently reviewing the 95% plans in preparation for putting the project out to bid in the fall. In the interim, the Seattle Police Department has been using the building for training. Starting on May 8 and running through August 31st, a temporary overnight shelter run by the Compass Housing Alliance (www.compasshousingalliance.org) will operate from a portion of the building. Questions may be directed to Compass or Sola Plumacher of Human Services Department  (sola.plumacher@seattle.gov).

We are working on the construction documents to put the project out to bid in mid-2017. The development of this property into a park is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement between the City, WSDOT and the University of Washington. Thank you to the community for your collaboration during the design phase. We appreciate your participation.


1101 – 1137 Northeast Boat Street, 98105


Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased this site from the University of Washington with funds provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as mitigation for impacts in the Washington Park Arboretum and East Montlake and McCurdy Parks as a result of the SR520 expansion project. Additional funding for the park development was provided by WSDOT as mitigation associated with the SR520 project.


Planning: 2015
Design: 2016 - 2017
Construction: 2017 - 2018
Completion: 2018

Project Description

The goal for the project is to design a park that provides shoreline/water-related experiences for all ages and abilities. The park will provide a range of passive recreational opportunities as well as shoreline restoration and habitat, small gathering areas, picnic spots, and opportunities for interpretation and education. The project also includes cleanup of site contamination, building demolition, potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1  6/9/2015

Public Meeting #2  9/24/2015

Online Open House 10/8/2015

Public Meeting #3 2/9/2016

Online Open House 2/18/2016

Portage Bay Design Commission