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.
During active pier removal on Sept. 13, 2020, the northeast corner of Pier 58 collapsed. We were in the process of removing a concrete section of the pier to delay further pier movement and deterioration. The structure has ongoing monitoring systems for movement in place. We continue to remove Pier 58 and recent work includes removing a portion of the timber deck in the northwest corner of the structure, reestablishing environmental protection measures and removing debris from the water. We continue to develop a revised removal plan for the remainder of the pier.
Pier 58 removal is expected to be completed by early 2021. We will be removing as much of the pier deck, piles and structures as necessary to ensure the site is safe. The work will include salvaging furniture, art and the existing fountain, removing concrete structures, timber decking and framing, and the extraction of piles supporting the structure.
Removal of the pier will largely occur from the waterside, with barges positioned west of the structure. Because of the waterside access, impacts to nearby businesses and the public are expected to be limited.
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
- Sept. 17 Seattle Structural letter
- Sept. 13, 2020 blog update
- Sept. 11, 2020
- Aug. 26, 2020
- Aug. 14, 2020 blog update
- Aug. 7, 2020 blog update