City Light Relocating Transmission Lines Beneath Alaskan Way Viaduct

Have you ever stood beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct and looked up? You may have noticed cables running along the underbelly of the viaduct. These 115 kV transmission lines look unassuming, but they are major conduits of electricity, powering downtown Seattle and the entire western seaboard!

Transmission lines which power downtown Seattle and the western seaboard will be relocated underground from beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Transmission lines which power downtown Seattle have been attached to the Alaskan Way Viaduct since it was constructed in 1953. Seattle City Light has been working to complete the full relocation of these transmission lines to a permanent location underground along Seattle’s waterfront since 2008. The Central Waterfront Transmission Line Relocation Project (TLR) must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, scheduled for 2019, and the subsequent Waterfront Seattle Program which will reconnect downtown to the waterfront. The new waterfront will include new parks, paths and viewpoints.

In 2012, Seattle City Light completed TLR Phase 1 and relocated a section of transmission lines between Yesler Way and the Union Street substation. Due to changes in the project schedule related to the SR 99 Tunnel Project delay, construction of the final section of the TLR project was paused. TLR Phase 2, from South King Street to Yesler Way, is up and running.

Construction for TLR Phase 2 began in April 2017 at Yesler Way and will move south towards South King Street.

Construction for Phase 2 began in April 2017 and is expected to last six months, with two additional months of cable pulling and splicing to connect with the lines already installed underground during Phase 1. Construction will start at Yesler Way and end at South King Street. The project is expected to be finished in fall 2017. The completion of this work sets the stage for future waterfront improvements.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to participate in design of Smith Cove Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Smith Cove Park project on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project, meet the design team from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) and provide input on the design of Seattle’s new waterfront park. Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay at 1451 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

This project will develop the recently acquired 4.9 acre easterly waterfront property and make improvements to the playfield at Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Ave. W). The expanded park will provide opportunities for active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Amenities may include pathways, landscaping, waterfront access, a play area, and related improvements.  Improvements will also be made to the existing part of Smith Cove Park used for youth sports to enhance the playability.

In early 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired GGN as the design consultant. GGN and Seattle Parks and Recreation will use the outreach and concept completed by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) as the starting point for the design of the park.

Established in 2014, FoSCP, is a committee of community members and park users. In 2015, FoSCP received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. Find out more about FOSCP at their website www.SeattleSmithCovePark.org.

For more information on the park and the project, please visit

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation presents design for new waterfront park in the University District

Community invited to provide input

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the design for the development of a new park at 1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Bryant Building, 1117 NE Boat Street.  Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team from Walker Macy at 6:30 pm. Families, students, and neighbors are encouraged to attend and participate in the design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team have incorporated community feedback from previous meetings into the design. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide input on the final design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/portage_bay/ or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

Community invited to participate in design of waterfront park on Portage Bay

Join in on-line open house to review design options

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at an online meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at noon.  To sign for the online meeting and to find out more about the new park visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/portage_bay/.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014.  The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the public meeting in September.  After the public outreach process and gathering community feedback a final design concept will be created and presented at a public meeting in early 2016.  Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/portage_bay/ or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

Shaun Peterson talks art

The Source: Art, Featuring Coast Salish Artist Qwalsius-Shaun Peterson
Thursday, June 18; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave, Seattle
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The Friends of Waterfront Seattle are hosting an evening with artist Qwalsius-Shaun Peterson. Peterson is a Coast Salish artist of Puyallup heritage who has recently been selected for a public art commission on the Seattle Waterfront.

His work spans multiple scales, connected by his grounding in Coast Salish art traditions and his use of contemporary and traditional techniques and mediums. He will be speaking about his work and sources of inspiration.

 

 

Entertainment:  DJs Dash & Wyatt, with Visuals by Pazan

Food and Drink: Marination Station, beer + wine

Throughout the spring, Friends of Waterfront Seattle hosts The Source, a sequence of community open house events celebrating our waterfront as a source of heritage, creative inspiration, and appreciation for the natural world. Events are free and open to the public.