Terry Pettus Park Renovation

Updated: July 29, 2021

Summer 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and the two online engagement events. Please see the information below including recordings of the two meetings. Our design team received good input from the community and is finalizing a design that will provide a space for water access, habitat restoration, and recreation.

In Honor of Terry Pettus

  • This park is named in honor of Terry Pettus, who was a progressive-minded newspaper reporter and author, who became Washington state's first member of the American Newspaper Guild.
  • He had a social conscience, was a social activist - and fought for union rights, against racial discrimination, for better housing, and for the rights of poor and working people. He was also a leader in the fight for Old Age pensions in Washington State.
  • In the 1960's and '70's he helped form the Floating Homes Association, on Lake Union. Working with the City Council, he also helped organize the clean-up of Lake Union.
  • Terry Pettus' activities in the Floating Homes community included struggles for rent control and against the incursion of condominiums and freeways.
  • He summed up his hopes by saying that all he ever wanted was to help create a sharing society, to eliminate all privilege, and for people to have control over their own lives. 


Terry Pettus Park, 2001 Fairview Avenue E, 98102 On the east shore of Lake Union.


Seattle Park District provides approximately $1,576,000.00 in funding for this project.  


Planning & Design: Spring 2020 - Fall 2021
Bidding: Winter 2021/22 - Early 2022
Construction: 2022 - Summer 2023

Project Description

Renovate the street-end pocket park located on the eastern shore of Lake Union with goals to:

  • Maintain the waterfront recreational use and character of the small, green pocket park serving the Eastlake neighborhood, enhance the park features with more durable materials, improve accessibility, and incorporate shoreline restoration, as appropriate
  • Incorporate an approx. 4,000 sq. ft. shoreline parcel addition into the park (located directly south of park)
  • Enhance waterfront recreational activities and enhance water views and water access of the park, restoring pier, dock and float
  • Enhance the park entrance and connection to the adjacent Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail, meeting the standards of the Americans Disability Act (ADA)
  • Enhance landscaping, install irrigation, and incorporate shoreline habitat restoration, as appropriate

During construction, the contractor will need to close the park. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impacts to park users and the community.

Community Participation

May 2020 - Online Survey Response Summary

Online Public Meeting 7/29/2020

Online Public Meeting 9/23/2020