Finding Freeway Park

The Freeway Park Association is wrapping up Phase One of the Finding Freeway Park project after a summer full of community design and engagement events.

Phase One of the Finding Freeway Park project aims to engage the community in a concept design process to envision and create improvements to connectivity, visibility and public safety at Freeway Park. With a Small and Simple grant from the City of Seattle, FPA hired Site Workshop 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 this needs of the community within the changing landscape of our City.

Phase Two of the project, funded by the Seattle Neighborhood Street Fund, will bring wayfinding improvements to SDOT owned right of way that leads to 7 of Freeway Park’s 12 entrances. Site Workshop is also providing design services for this part of the project and SDOT expects to implement the designs by the end of 2018. To weigh in on the Phase two ROW design elements, fill out the important survey below and contact FPA Director, Riisa Conklin at riisa@freewayparkassociation.org if you are interested to hear more about the project.

SDOT ROW Improvement SURVEY HERE

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Get Involved in the Project!

There will be lots of opportunities to get involved in the Finding Freeway Park project. Check back here for details as they unfold!

For now, mark your calendars for the community meeting dates above, click on the map below to download the postcard, take our Survey below, visit the outreach stations in the park to leave your mark and be sure to follow us on social media using the tag #findingfreewaypark! 

 

 

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Background

Freeway Park is Seattle’s largest downtown public park. The 5.2 acre park opened 40 years ago on July 4th, 1976, bridging Seattle’s Downtown and First Hill neighborhoods after they were severed by the construction of Interstate 5. The Freeway Park Association was established in 1993 in response to the community’s demand for greater public safety in their aging neighborhood park. Freeway Park began to decline in the late 1980s when its robust plant palette became unruly due to lack of maintenance, growing larger than originally intended, shading out lighting poles and creating dark areas where elicit behavior was easily hidden. FPA quickly formed an enduring relationship with Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and together, worked to garner the necessary support, ideas, energy, and fundraising to restore the neglected park. FPA now enjoys and benefits from an Urban Parks Partnership with SPR, has an Executive Director and Engagement Coordinator on staff, an active Board of Directors, and a rich activation calendar.

While all of FPA’s work to improve Freeway Park has brought a significant increase in positive activity, the space remains underutilized. We believe this is for two critical reasons: 1.) Poor visibility into the Park from its edges and entrances mean that many people don’t know it exists and others don’t feel safe entering it; and 2.) The meandering and often disorienting landscape, though lovely, compounds the sense that the space is unsafe.

At this stage in the history of Freeway Park, we seek to re-evaluate its position in the greater city landscape. Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth right now, making our open spaces all the more precious especially those in the downtown core.