Freeway Park Improvements

Updated: October 21, 2021

Fall 2021

The Design Development phase of the project is complete. The team is now moving into field investigation work to verify existing conditions. Once the field work is completed, construction documents will be drawn up. The construction documents phase will run through to late 2022.

See the Design Commission presentation here

Thank you to all who participated in the Freeway Park Improvements Online Open House. We could not move forward without your great participation. We had 1,400 site visits and 531 responses. Your input coupled with feedback from the Freeway Park Association, Freeway Park Advisory Committee, Design Commission, and Historic Preservation was used to prioritize the improvements during the Design Development phase of the project. You may review the summary of the Online Open House here. Additional reference information can be found here.

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.

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

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

JEM Contractors began work in March and Seattle Parks and Recreation Crews are finishing up the final connections and testing the system for the American Legion and Paul Piggott Fountains. We anticipate these two fountains will be fully functional by the end of May.  We are working with WSDOT, the Design Team, Parks Engineering, and the Contractor to resolve the issues we have with the Canyon Cascade Fountain. We hope to have the construction finished and the fountain operating by the end of June.

Both the Seattle Park District and Real-estate excise tax contributed to the $1.2 million budget.

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: 2022/2023

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).

Online Open House July 7 - August 5, 2020

Background Documents