Pioneer Square

Project status

Graphic showing timelines for each of the three projects highlighted on this page. Pioneer Square streets is in design development, while the Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola and Habitat Beach are in construction

About the project

Working with community partner Alliance for Pioneer Square, we will design and construct improvements on portions of Main, Washington and King streets and Yesler Way between Alaskan Way and 2nd Avenue S, to prioritize pedestrians, improve sidewalks and increase greenery on these east-west streets.

The Washington Street Boat Landing and Beach will restore access to the waterfront for Pioneer Square and the South Downtown community. The landmark pergola structure has been a piece of Seattle's waterfront since the early 20th century, and with its recent restoration, it once again serves as a symbolic gateway to the city from the Puget Sound.

Between Colman Dock and Pier 48, a new habitat beach supports the waterfront ecosystem, including enhancing the salmon corridor by adding rocks and nearshore vegetation. These two together create an exciting destination and will help connect Pioneer Square and the South Downtown community back to the waterfront. Construction on the beach is complete, but to preserve the growing young vegetation, the beach is closed to the public and will be open once construction of the park promenade is complete. 

Visit our July 2019 online open house to view the recommended concept design and project features for Pioneer Square!

Related documents

Pioneer Square East West Pedestrian Improvements materials

Washington Street Boat Landing Pergola materials