The Freeway Park Association is undergoing a community engagement and schematic design process to envision and create improvements to connectivity, visibility and public safety at Freeway Park.

With grant funding from the City of Seattle, we have hired SiteWorkshop Landscape Architects to lead this process and develop conceptual design recommendations for future use by the City and the Association. We envision this community design and planning process as the first step to improve access to this hidden gem and to support the needs of the community within the changing landscape of our City.

The Freeway Park Association has been building community and improving Freeway Park since 1993. In partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, we have made great strides toward the enrichment of our Park and our community and we seek to engage our neighbors in a participatory dialogue about the future of the Park, the Neighborhood and the City.
Jim Ellis Freeway Park


Jim Ellis Freeway Park is Seattle’s largest downtown public space. The 5.2 acre park opened on July 4th, 1976, bridging Seattle’s Downtown and First Hill neighborhoods after they were severed by the construction of I5. Designed by Lawrence Halprin and Angela Danadjieva, it is widely considered a masterwork of a modernist master and a precedent setting park that single-handedly defined a new land-use typology for American cities.
About The Park

The Freeway Park Association works with a coalition of partners to bring creative and fun programming to the Park through all four seasons. All of our programs are free, open to the public and are located in the Main Plaza at 6th Ave and Seneca St unless otherwise noted in the event details.