The Finding Freeway Park Project Continues!

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a design team for improvements to Freeway Park. As part of its public benefit package, the Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project will provide $10 million to repair, restore and enhance Freeway Park. From that funding, $9.25 million is dedicated to capital improvements at the park, based on cost estimates. The remaining $750,000 will be spent on activation within Freeway Park. The scope of the capital improvements is based on the Finding Freeway Park Concept Plan produced by the Freeway Park Association, which identifies areas of focus for improvements. The Freeway Park Improvement project will start in April 2019 and extend through December 2021. The design phase is expected to be complete, with all necessary permits, approvals and construction bid documents, by June 2020.

Phase I Timeline                                Phase II Timeline (estimate)

January 2017

-FPA begins work on a two grant funded projects

1. SDOT Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF):        $525k for ROW Improvements surrounding Park

2. DON Matching Fund $25k for Community Planning process of Finding Freeway Park

May 2017

-Site Workshop hired to lead FFP Project         and produce ROW designs with NSF

Summer 2017

– FFP Community Outreach/Planning                 Process

October 2017

-Community Package Coalition reaches agreement with WSCC for $82 million in         Public Benefit Funds

-$10 million of Public Benefits secured for Freeway Park Improvements

May 2018

-Seattle City Council approves WSCC                project and associated Public Benefit funds

December 2018

-ROW designs finalized for construction            Q2 2019

December 2018

-Project Budget Appropriated to City

-SPR begins Planning/Development of Project

-David Graves, SPR Senior Planer, designated CIP Project Manager

January 2019

-RFQ is published along with project website with relevant documents

April 2019

-Landscape Architecture firm selected to lead project

-Advisory Committee selected to oversee project

May 2019

-Site Analysis and Background Research

June 2019

-First Community Meeting (not in Park)

July-August 2019

-Ongoing Community Outreach

-Pop-up’s in Park

September 2019

-Second Community meeting (in the Park)

 

 

 

Finding Freeway Park Project Final Concept Report

Contact FPA Director, Riisa Conklin at riisa@freewayparkassociation.org with questions and media inquiries.