Park Promenade + Bike Path + Restroom
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The park promenade will be the core of the new waterfront — providing a new linear park from Pioneer Square to the Seattle Aquarium and improving access to Colman Dock and all the activities on the waterfront. The promenade will join the Overlook Walk on the north end and the rebuilt Railroad Way on the south end, providing access to the historic Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square neighborhoods.
A new two-way bike path will serve commuters, visitors and families. The bike path will have raised buffers on both sides to separate people biking from people walking and driving, and it will include accessible traffic signals at pedestrian crossings to ensure a safe experience for all. People riding bikes on the existing Elliott Bay Trail near the Olympic Sculpture Park can join the waterfront bike path at Bell St, continuing down to join the existing Elliott Bay trail at S King St.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is concurrently working on the Alaskan Way Safety Project. This project will build a seamless connection between the future Waterfront Bike Path and the Elliott Bay Trail through Seattle’s central waterfront. Learn more about this project and its design on their website.
When completed, you can expect:
- Connections to park spaces, restaurants, stores and the Aquarium
- New scenery and seating
- Accessible boardwalks featuring native plants
- Swings and other play structures
- An all gender restroom
- Permanent art installations by Buster Simpson, Oscan Tuazon and Shaun Peterson
RESTROOM ON THE WATERFRONT
We are designing a unique all-gender public restroom that will be staffed part-time when open. It will be located on the promenade in a central location along the Waterfront between Union St and University St. The restroom is being designed with several key goals in mind. These include making it a welcoming, safe, and clean facility for users of all ages and abilities, accommodating families, and expressing the unique character of the Waterfront. The restroom is designed with 6 all-gender stalls with privacy for users in mind, while the architectural design allows for an open and airy feeling with natural ventilation. The project design phase will wrap up this year and we will begin construction in early 2024.
Several permanent artworks will be added to the Park Promenade along the waterfront.
- Internationally recognized artist Buster Simpson, in collaboration with the designers of the Seawall Project and the promenade, will create a permanently-sited public artwork located at the southern end of the promenade.
- Between Spring and Columbia streets, there will be a new permanent installation by local artist Oscar Tuazon. Tuazon was born in Indianola, WA, and he first learned sculpture from Suquamish carvers Larry Ahvakana and Ed Carriere.
- A fountain by the late artist George Tsutakawa will be installed in a new basin at Columbia St. Named after the donor who helped to fund it, “the Joshua Green Fountain,” was originally installed on Colman Dock in 1966 and was removed when the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Ferries began to rebuild the ferry terminal.
- A new permanent installation called Family, by local artist and Puyallup tribe member Shaun Peterson, will greet visitors on the promenade near Pier 58.
- Seattle Design Commission, Restroom 60% Design December 2, 2021 [PDF, 18 MB]
- Seattle Design Commission, Restroom 30% Design May 20, 2021 [PDF, 10 MB]
- Design Commission, 90% Main Corridor Design – Places December 8, 2017 [PDF, 23.1 MB]
- Design Commission, 90% Main Corridor Design – Continuous Elements December 7, 2017 [PDF, 28.9 MB]