Bitter Lake Reservoir Park

Updated: November 6, 2023

Fall 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our first Open House on Oct.26! In case you missed it, please review the site analysis below and take the survey in Amharic, English, Spanish, or Traditional Chinese to help us inform design:

Bitter Lake Reservoir Park site analysis

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing the existing reservoir with a concrete tank that makes space for Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) to expand the park for the community. SPR is leading the park and open space design in coordination with SPU, the Office of Arts and Culture, and the Department of Neighborhoods. This project will incorporate elements of the existing park together with new recreation amenities, public art and a potential expansion of the P-Patch for the Bitter Lake neighborhood. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

This is a One Seattle effort to provide northwest Seattle with open space with public art and a new reservoir. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is building a new drinking water reservoir. This new 21-million-gallon reservoir will replace the existing reservoir that is reaching the end of its service life. The new reservoir will be partially buried and contain the same amount of water as the existing one but with a smaller footprint. This creates more than six acres of new open space after the reservoir construction is complete in 2028-2029.  


Bitter Lake Park Reservoir Open Space; 14201 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133


$200,000 (2020), $600,000 (2025), $500,000 (2027), $500,000 (2028)


Planning: 2023 -2024
Design Development: 2025-2027
Permitting & Bidding: 2027-2028
Construction: 2029-2030

Community Participation

Open house on Thursday, October 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bitter Lake Community Center,13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle WA 98133 to learn about the Bitter Lake Reservoir Open Space Project.

Event postcart translations: Amharic - አማርኛ; Simplified Chinese -繁體中文; Spanish - Español

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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