Pier 58 (Waterfront Park)
About the project
Pier 58, currently known as Waterfront Park, will be redesigned to create a public park and improve access, safety and flexibility to the pier, while offering expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The new pier park is designed especially with families and young children in mind, with a new public plaza, a new children’s playground and a large lawn and trees to provide shade. The pier is also designed to improve the salmon habitat and migration corridor, supporting the sustainability features of the seawall.
We have completed the removal of Pier 58. Pier removal began in September 2020 in response to deterioration of the pier structure; we moved quickly to close the park to the public and move forward with pier removal using emergency contracting protocols. Pier removal was completed in February 2021. Adjacent work to reinstall safe pedestrian access was completed in April 2021. See photos of pier removal in our Pier 58 Flickr photo album.
The shoreline of Elliott Bay has significance, both culturally and economically, for the Indigenous peoples for whom this region has been traditional ancestral land for over 13,000 years. Where the city of Seattle is building a new waterfront park, there were once villages along the water, and the local Puget Salish peoples relied on the resources – salmon and other fish, shellfish, aquatic and terrestrial plants – both for sustenance and ceremonial purposes. The bay and the waterfront continue to offer the Coast Salish people a place to obtain resources and hold traditional gatherings.
Chosen by a panel with 11 members of local and regional Indigenous tribes, as well as representatives of Urban Indians, artist Qwalsius-Shaun Peterson of the Puyallup Tribe, will create three welcome figures, collectively titled Family, that will form a grouping on the park promenade near Pier 58. The welcome figures look out over the pier to the water, across the bay to the Kitsap Peninsula, where Chief Seattle is buried. Family will stand larger than life among plantings on the promenade and will remind the viewer that the waterfront is still Indigenous land. These figures will anchor one of the major locations on the promenade that encourage people to linger, gather and contemplate the views.
Nearby, the existing Waterfront Fountain, a 1974 cast and welded bronze sculpture by James Fitzgerald, Margaret Tompkins and Terry Copple, will remain at Pier 58 but will be restored and integrated with the new park.
Project fact sheet
Video about the 60% design (available with español, 简体中文 and Soomaali captions). November 2020
60% design feedback summary
Phase 2 playground feedback summary
Seattle Design Commission presentation
- 60% design presentation to Seattle Design Commission January 2021
- 30% design presentation to Seattle Design Commission March 2020