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Parks and Public Space

A Car-Free Ave? U District Residents Envision Pedestrianizing University Way

A UW student is seeking to spark a community conversation about finally pedestrianizing The Ave after decades of dreaming.

Federal Way Approves Big Catalyst Development Near Light Rail

A long-vacant Target store is set to become home to around 1600 homes by the early 2040s under an agreement moving forward in Federal Way.

Bob Kettle Moves to Keep Cars Clogging Pike Place

Whether the city should stay out of the business of making Pike Place Market's main corridor more pedestrian friendly was put front and center this week by Councilmember Bob Kettle, who proposed an amendment seeking to starve the idea of funding.

Seattle Street Ends: South Ship Canal

Eleven "Street Ends" along the south shore of Salmon Bay and the Fremont Cut offer great recreational opportunities. SDOT and volunteers from Friends of Street Ends work to maintain and expand these mini parks.
Steps are taking shape even with the concrete not yet poured. The Seattle skyline peeks in the background.

Seattle Waterfront Park Project Finally Enters Its Home Stretch

A new aquarium and "Overlook Walk" to Pike Place Market headline a revamped Seattle Waterfront just one year away from its grand opening, all made possible by tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Highway-Style Signage Near SR 520 in Montlake Prompts Local Backlash

Large highway signs that prompted pushback from nearby residents when they were installed last year around SR 520 in Montlake are getting a second look. The state has $750,000 in tweaks planned that would scale back the size of new road signage.

Prime Stadium District Site Won’t Be Developed Until After World Cup

The WOSCA site is a publicly owned five-acre scrap next to the south portal of the SR-99 tunnel, left over from that project. It will remain an undeveloped scrap for the time being with a temporary use during the 2026 World Cup and a permanent redevelopment envisioned thereafter. Mayor Harrell is seeking bids from private developers.

State House Proposes Postponing Seattle’s 520 Lid and Trail Extension Indefinitely

State House leaders want to delay a freeway lid and multi-use trail in order to bring the overall SR 520 bridge replacement project under budget. Building those elements later would ultimately cost more and risk them being abandoned altogether.