Community engagement highlights
Since 2010, more than 10,000 people have joined the conversation about the waterfront. Community participation has generated thousands of comments and ideas at hundreds of events and activities, including walking tours, large-scale public meetings, community workshops, and local fairs and farmers markets.
2017 engagement highlights + opportunities
2017 is a big year for the Waterfront Seattle Program and major changes to Seattle's waterfront are well underway.
Pike Place MarketFront will host their Grand Opening on June 29, 2017 featuring an expansion that creates new space for vendors, retail, low-income housing, and a neighborhood center. This addition is the first piece in Waterfront Seattle's key connection from the Market to the Waterfront. The Grand Opening is free and open to all, featuring local musicians, food and various activities. We hope to see you there!
Construction to rebuild Pier 62/63 will begin this fall, providing flexible and open space for sitting, viewing, and hosting events. We look forward to working with the public this summer as we prepare for construction.
By the end of this year, the historic Washington Street Boat Landings Pergola is scheduled to be fully restored and reinstalled. The Pergola will provide a public overlook of Elliott Bay and, in the future, include a food concession.
We will once again be participating in fairs and festivals across Seattle during the summer and fall. With such an exciting year ahead, we look forward to engaging with the public on these major milestones. Check out our events calendar throughout the summer to see which festivals will feature the interactive Waterfront Seattle booth.
Visit our events calendar or contact us with ideas for how to engage your community.
Throughout 2016, the Office of the Waterfront shared project updates with community organizations and the public. Following the April 18 release of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaskan Way, Promenade, and Overlook Walk, the City of Seattle accepted public comments on the document, concluding with a public meeting on May 18.
In April, the Office of the Waterfront partnered with Washington State Ferries on a series of outreach events to share information on the State’s multimodal terminal at Colman Dock Project and Waterfront Seattle’s plans for the Marion Street Bridge and the overall central waterfront vision. In June, we hosted a public open house on the Pier 62/63 Phase 1 Rebuild, which will begin construction in 2017.
During the summer and fall, we participated in over 23 days of fairs and festivals across Seattle including Salmon Fest, The Central Area Community Festival, Bumbershoot and many more.
The Office of the Waterfront began 2015 with the release of our revamped website, featuring an interactive map, budget and schedule and updated documents page. In March we joined Seattle Arts and Lectures for an evening with waterfront artist Ann Hamilton at Town Hall Seattle. In April we talked with planners from across the nation and world about our future plans for the waterfront as part of the American Planning Association National Planning Conference.
We shared a major milestone with our partner project, Pike Place Market’s MarketFront, during their groundbreaking ceremony in June. Throughout July, we collected public feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) and hosted a Draft EIS public meeting. In October, we joined The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. for a blindness simulation tour to gain a better understanding of the best sidewalk and street designs for the new waterfront.
Throughout the year, we shared updates with community organizations and the public. We attended local neighborhood events, hosted two roundtables regarding fishing from downtown piers and participated in over 30 days of fairs and festivals across Seattle, including Festival Sundiata, Pista Sa Nayon Filipino Festival, Bumbershoot and many more.
In 2014 the Waterfront Program reached 30% to 60% design for some waterfront projects and updated the community on design progress and seawall construction. This included Waterfront Week in March, a series of events including a public meeting, a two-day discussion on art and play, and a family-focused Field Day event held on the waterfront. Field Day participants climbed into construction equipment, learned about the gribbles eating the seawall and peeked into viewfinders to see renderings of the future waterfront.
To share the latest with seawall construction the project posted videos highlighting key activities and invited the community to tour the active construction happening in the fall. The Waterfront Program also continued providing updates on both seawall and waterfront projects at community fairs, festivals and events, including Umoja Fest, Salmon Return Family Festival and many others.
In 2013, community input became more focused to align with the design progress, including a Street + Transit Update community meeting in June to share progress on the Alaskan Way design and options for local waterfront transit. The event included a presentation that provided an overview of Waterfront Seattle and a description of the key street design elements and five local waterfront transit options being analyzed, followed by small-group discussion to answer questions and gather feedback.
Environmental review also kicked off in 2013, beginning with the scoping process for the Alaskan Way, Promenade and Overlook Walk Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Along with the scoping period from August 14 - September 25, a public scoping meeting was held September 9, where public comments were accepted and information was shared about the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the purpose of scoping and the potential environmental elements for study in this EIS.
In early 2012, the community weighed in on specific topics at the heart of creating a great waterfront, including weather, mobility and access, environment and ecology, art and culture and what makes Seattle unique and authentic. A series of five community-led forums generated valuable feedback and ideas about the future of our waterfront. Each forum included a presentation relevant to the forum topic followed by small group discussions.
In July 2012, the Waterfront Program reached a major milestone – the release of the Concept Design, Framework Plan and Strategic Plan, critical guiding documents that capture the vision for the future waterfront and how to make it a reality. The Concept Design was developed based on an extensive outreach effort that included civic groups, property owners, stakeholders and city, state and federal agencies. A large public event was held at Seattle Center in July 2012 where the public was invited to see what’s next for Seattle’s waterfront and provide feedback and ideas.
Major outreach began in February 2011, with a kick-off celebration held at the Seattle Aquarium. More than 1,000 people joined the event and provided feedback on questions such as, “what makes a great waterfront?” and “what is your greatest hope for the waterfront?” The feedback helped the waterfront planning and design team along with James Corner Field Operations begin to develop a preliminary design concept.
From there, the conversation continued with major events in May 2011 and October 2011, advancing the design toward a complete concept of how the new waterfront would look, feel, and function. Along the way, there were smaller conversations including briefings to community organizations and a kid-friendly photo booth at fairs and festivals throughout Seattle.
Public involvement plans
The Waterfront Program’s public involvement strategy is about bringing people together throughout our community to contribute their values and ideas to creating a new waterfront.
Check out the current public involvement plan or review previous plans:
- 2015 Public Engagement Plan – December 2014 [PDF]
- Overarching Public Engagement Plan – August 2011 [PDF]
- Waterfront and Seawall Outreach Appendix: Engaging a Diverse Audience – June 2011 [PDF]
- Waterfront and Seawall Integrated Public Engagement and Outreach Approach – April 2011 [PDF]
Email update archive
This archive shares our previous email updates with Waterfront Program news and events. Sign up for email updates to stay informed about events and opportunities to get involved.
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Join us July 20: Overlook Walk open house - June 28, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Join us at MarketFront, July open house, and KEXP Rocks the Docks - June 23, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Waterfront Summer Preview - May 10, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Bertha's breakthrough sets stage for new waterfront park - April 5, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - The Waterfront Year Ahead - March 23, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One - We want to hear from you - January 24, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - TONIGHT! Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One Open House - January 17, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Exciting changes are coming to Pike and Pine in Downtown Seattle - January 9, 2017 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Fairs, Festivals and Friends Updates - October 13, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Summer on the waterfront: Pier 62/63 update, art, festivals and Hot Spot events - July 29, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Thanks for attending our Pier 62/63 Phase 1 Rebuild open house - stay tuned for what's next on the waterfront! - June 29, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Pier 62/63 Phase 1 Rebuild Open House Reminder - June 17, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Pier 62/63 Rebuild Phase 1 Updates - June 2, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Thanks for attending our Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Public Meeting - May 16, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comment period and public meeting - April 18, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - April Waterfront Updates - April 8, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Springs Events on the Waterfront - March 3, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Welcome to 2016 - January 22, 2016 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Waterfront Winter Updates - December 10, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Waterfront Happenings - November 25, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Fall is in Full Swing on the Waterfront - October 21, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Draft EIS comment period ends Wednesday - August 24, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Deadline for submitting Draft EIS comments extended to August 26 - July 29, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Thanks for attending our Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) public meeting! - July 24, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Reminder: Draft EIS public meeting on July 22, comments due August 12 - July 16, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) comment period and public meeting - June 29, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Summer on the waterfront - June 11, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Don't miss Friends of Waterfront Seattle's next community open house event - April 15, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Upcoming events, arts updates and seawall progress - March 19, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Photo Fridays, artists and Friends - February 25, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle Program - Welcome to 2015 and our revamped website - January 14, 2015 [PDF]
- Waterfront Program: New Waterfront Festival, Seawall construction + Waterfront Seattle scale model - October 3, 2014 [PDF]
- Meet the artists for Waterfront Seattle - June 20, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week: Thank you! - March 12, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week is here! - March 5, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week: Let us know you're coming + Waterfront Week raffle! - February 28, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week: Sneak peek at Waterfront 2020 + Field Day - February 21, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week: Learn more about Art, Design & Play on March 7 & 8 - February 13, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Week has what you’re looking for! - February 7, 2014 [PDF]
- Get ready for Waterfront Week: March 5-9! - January 29, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle: Art Call Deadline, Scale Model & EIS Scoping Report - January 6, 2014 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle: Arts Call & Website 2.0 Updates - December 3, 2013 [PDF]
- Don’t miss it: Waterfront lecture with Coll Thrush on December 4 - November 20, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Program: Seawall construction and Waterfront website 2.0! - November 4, 2013 [PDF]
- This weekend: Dia de Muertos + Trick or Treat on the Waterfront - October 25, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Still time to submit scoping comments! - September 12, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - REMINDER September 9 EIS Scoping Meeting - August 30, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Ping pong, art and theater on the waterfront - August 22, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Environmental Review Begins, September 9 Public Scoping Meeting - August 16, 2013 [PDF]
- 1,000 photos and counting! - August 1, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Thank you! - June 28, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Room change and details about tomorrow! – June 25, 2013 [PDF]
- Don’t Forget to RSVP - Street and Transit Invite - June 19, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - We’re popping up everywhere! - June 7, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Street and Transit Update June 26 - June 5, 2013 [PDF]
- Scale model at MOHAI and free parking for Mom - April 29, 2013 [PDF]
- Scale model at Seattle Art Museum and upcoming events for teens! - February 26, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle receives national recognition - January 16, 2013 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - See what's happening this month! - November 15, 2012 [PDF]
- You’re invited to Trick-or-Treat on the Waterfront this Sunday! - October 25, 2012 [PDF]
- Upcoming Events - Join In! - September 18, 2012 [PDF]
- Thank You - Waterfront Into Focus - July 24, 2012 [PDF]
- Don't forget to RSVP - Waterfront Into Focus - July 09, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Waterfront Into Focus - June 27, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Save The Date - June 12, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Share Your Story - April 24, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Thank You - March 20, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Uniquely Seattle Reminder - March 13, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Uniquely Seattle - March 09, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Setting the Stage - March 01, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Environment and Ecology this Monday! - February 23, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Uniquely Seattle Rescheduled! - February 13, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Mobility and Access on Wednesday! - February 06, 2012 [PDF]
- Waterfront Seattle - Climate and Context on Tuesday! - January 27, 2012 [PDF]
- Community Forum Evite - January 18, 2012 [PDF]