Lake Union Park business remain open as repair work begins this summer

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) closed the Lake Union Park Bridge due to lateral movement of the bridge east abutment. SPR worked over the past two years to determine the overall cause of this movement, design corrective measures to remedy this and secure the necessary funding.

We recently awarded the construction contract to Jansen Construction. The project will remove and repair specific site elements and lighten soil loads by using geofoam to minimize future settlements. Jansen will begin to mobilize on site on Monday, July 10, 2017 and they anticipate work lasting four months. This repair work must be carried out during the drier months of the year.

Construction will include:

  • Replacing existing soil with lightweight geofoam under paved walkways along the western portion of the park “peninsula” west of MOHAI.
  • Modifying bridge abutment.
  • Repairing the boardwalk between the bridge and the bulkhead.
  • Reinstalling all paved walkways once the lightweight geofoam has been installed and the abutment modified.

Lake Union Park partner organizations will remain open and offer fun summer events and programs for all. Find out what’s happening at

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the project, please visit

If you have further questions, please contact Toby Ressler, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-615-1482.




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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes special appearance in Lake Union Park on Nov. 7

For more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, will bring this special tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season, involving more than 10 communities along the way, including an appearance at Seattle’s Lake Union Park near the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. – noon.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska and prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition. With great fanfare, the tree will leave the Chugach National Forest followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Fifteen community celebrations are being planned throughout the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

Kenworth Trucks and Lynden Transport are two area-based sponsors supporting the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative. A special decaled Kenworth T680 will transport this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across the country driven by celebrated Lynden driver, John Schank. A 1924 Kenworth truck built at the company’s first assembly plant in Seattle is on special loan from PACCAR is on display at MOHAI.

Nov. 7 festivities will include the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on display, the debut of the Kenworth T680 and Christmas-themed truck wrap, Lynden Transport’s Old. No 27 rolling exhibition, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Choose Outdoors, Smokey Bear and Sasha Salmon, and special performance by Alaska band, Blackwater Railroad. Activities are open to the public and free for all. Attendees are encouraged to visit MOHAI following the event.

For more information on the tree tour and to track the tree cross-country, visit MOHAI is located at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N.

Everything you need to know about Seafair Summer 4th

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: Noon – 11 p.m.
Location: Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way
Fesitval tickets: Purchase HERE

Where can I find information about the fireworks displays?
The best resource for information regarding the Seafair Summer Fourth firework display is Please note that neither the City of Seattle, nor Seattle Parks and Recreation pays for the firework display.

Where can I view the public firework display?
The best views of the public firework display are from Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park.

Other recommended viewpoints:
Hamilton Viewpoint Park

If I attend the Seafair Summer Fourth event, what are the rules?
No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the event unless they are purchased at the on-site beer garden
– No personal barbeques are permitted
– No marijuana is permitted
– No fireworks, explosives, incendiary materials or devices are permitted
– No pets other than service animals are permitted
– No weapons or firearms are permitted
– No tents or tent stakes are permitted
– No glass bottles are permitted
– No illegal drugs are permitted
– All bags are subject to search

What can I bring with me?
– Food and non-alcoholic beverages (coolers are subject to search)

What’s the best way to get there?
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the event. Public transportation is encouraged, but buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule. Parking will be limited due to street closure. People with disabilities will get parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists are welcome to use the express entrance, but there will be a limited number of bike racks inside the park.

Tips from Seattle Parks Crew Chiefs
– Slather on the sunscreen!
– Do not drink and drive!
– Parking enforcement will be out in full force, be careful to adhere to street signs and do not block driveways or park on private property (take public transit!)
– Pets are not allowed in the park during Seafair Summer Fourth – please leave them at home! A hot vehicle is no place for a pooch.