Seattle Waterfront for All

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect Seattle with Elliott Bay

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About the Waterfront

This year the Tunnel will open and the Viaduct will begin to come down, making way for a 26-block waterfront park and public space.

After years of public input and planning, the vision for the Waterfront is clear: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an environmentally responsible and sustainable waterfront, with parks and paths, easy access to the water, incredible views of the mountains and the Sound, and public spaces our whole city will use and enjoy for generations to come.

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The Local Improvement District

The Waterfront Park project will be built with state and city funds, private philanthropy and funding from a Local Improvement District The Local Improvement District (LID) is only a portion of the funding. We are achieving a great waterfront without robbing from other city priorities through a diversified funding plan developed with broad public input over many years.

Those who benefit most pay more. Property values in the LID will increase as a direct result of the significant waterfront improvements and the LID will assess a portion of that increased value to help build the park. A LID is used to ensure that property owners who benefit financially from public infrastructure investments pay more. 

Without the LID, the park project will not go forward. The park and public spaces will not be built, only a road with a wider sidewalk. Commercial uses will be dominate.

You can help by signing your name to this letter to the Seattle City Council urging them to move forward with the LID and make our Waterfront Park a reality!

Map of the Waterfront Seattle Program, with tentative project construction dates

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News

Let’s make Seattle’s waterfront park a reality

Seattle Times, April 25, 2018

Seattle’s proposed Waterfront Park is a different kind of park, a once-in-a-hundred-years kind of different. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by.

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Seattle’s new waterfront design will play to your instincts

Crosscut, May 16, 2018

Nothing is certain about the future of a city. The Overlook Walk looks like a good way to get there.

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