Victor Steinbrueck Park
Victor Steinbrueck Park is located at the north end of Pike Place Market. On a summer afternoon, the park bustles with a lively combination of neighborhood residents, visitors, tourists, and people who work in the area -all enjoying picnics, sunbathing, playing and relaxing on the park's lawn, benches, and tables.
Victor Steinbrueck Park is on the site of the Washington State National Guard Armory built about 1909. It was partially destroyed in a fire in 1962, at the time when the Pike Place Market District was doomed by business and city government for replacement with high rise apartments, hotels and offices. "Friends of the Market" organized and launched a long and bitter opposition to the plans. But the speculators and government decided to scrap the Armory rather than repair it for new uses: so it was purchased by the city in 1968 and two years later transferred to the jurisdiction of the Parks Department for "temporary park purposes". In 1982, the park - "Market Park" - was redesign and develop including the addition of two 50-foot cedar Totem Poles. In 1985, Market Park was renamed in honor of Victor Steinbrueck's contributions to Seattle and to the restoration of Pike Place Market.
Improvements to the park will include improvements to public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children's play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping. Read more on the project page.
Downtown parks special events
Center City Parks are full of arts, concerts, festivals and random acts of urban fun. Our park concierges have information to help you plan your visit and games so that you can play in the park. Learn more about downtown park events on our Downtown and Center City Parks page.