City invites public input on Freeway Park improvements

Residents are invited to help shape the future of Freeway Park by providing input through an online open house. To participate, residents should go to through Aug. 5.

As part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion project, Seattle Parks and Recreation has $10 million for capital improvements and other updates at Freeway Park, with the goal of starting construction in 2022, according to the website.

With feedback from key stakeholders and community members, the Freeway Park Improvements Project will address the most important challenges and opportunities facing Freeway Park today. The purpose of this online open house is to provide a chance for residents to learn more about project, what needs improvement and how the park can evolve, as well as share what is important to them.

The funding will repair, restore, and enhance Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St.

Of the $10 million, $750,000 is for activation within the park, and $9,250,000 is dedicated to capital improvements, which covers construction — approximately $6 million, as well as design and project management, permitting, sales tax and contingencies, according to a city press release.

The initial scope of the capital improvements is based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and identifies infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents by June 2021.