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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Built for sea, sky, salmon, and Seattleites, Waterfront Park is more than a park; it is designed to improve the health of our city and nearshore environment. Designed with sustainability in mind, plants and trees, flexible public spaces, green infrastructure, and improved nearshore aquatic habitat will create a new green corridor along Elliott Bay. The waterfront will support the health and well being of plants, animals, pollinators, and humans now and into the future.

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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 like 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 and rich biodiversity, decreasing the need for pesticide usage, and create shade to lessen heat generated from hard surfaces. Waterfront Park plantings will filter more than five million gallons of stormwater runoff annually.

Increased access

Waterfront Park promotes connection. It creates more opportunities to travel by foot, ferry, bike, bus, light rail, and car, and it improves accessibility for people with disabilities. Opening up more transit options means increasing ways to travel to, from, and through Seattle’s central waterfront while decreasing emissions.