Built for sea, sky, salmon, and Seattleites.
The waterfront park is more than a park. It is designed to improve the health of our city and nearshore environment.
Marine habitat restoration
Salmon are vital to Seattle’s culture and economy. Habitat features on the new Elliott Bay Seawall – including raised marine benches, habitat shelves, and light-penetrating surfaces – will work with park features, such as Habitat Beach, to improve nearshore ecology and restore an important salmon migration route to the Duwamish River.
A new green corridor
More than 500 new trees and 120,000 new shrubs will span two miles along the waterfront to form a green corridor between Pioneer Square and Belltown. These new plants will lead to cleaner air, with rich biodiversity decreasing the need for pesticide usage, and create shade to lessen heat generated from hard surfaces. The park plantings will filter over 5 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually.
The waterfront project includes creating more opportunities to travel by foot, bike, car, freight, ferry, or bus – as well as improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Opening up more transit options means increasing ways to travel to, from, and through the central waterfront while decreasing emissions.