Big city. Big nature. Big transformation.
10,000 public comments. Dozens of public gatherings and town hall meetings. Hundreds of stakeholders. Seattle’s future waterfront park leverages necessary infrastructure projects – the Elliott Bay Seawall replacement and the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct – to reconnect us with our waterfront.
Designed by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, the new park spaces will include gardens, a pedestrian promenade, a dedicated bike path, play areas, public art, food and beverage offerings, bathrooms, and flexible spaces for performances, festivals, and other cultural activities. The park’s Overlook Walk—a land bridge with viaduct-level views—will connect the Pike Place Market to the waterfront. Embedded in the base of the Overlook Walk will be the Seattle Aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion, part of its expansion to allow for new exhibits.
The new waterfront will be more accessible, with improved east-west pedestrian connections and more transportation options. A salmon-friendly seawall, year-round gardens, and green stormwater infrastructure providing biofiltration will foster a healthy nearshore environment and provide opportunities for learning about the Puget Sound and Salish Sea ecosystem.
Every day, these stunning spaces will draw people of every age, background, and interest, benefitting our city culturally, socially, economically, and environmentally, helping to build an equitable and sustainable future for Seattle.