The Alliance for Pioneer Square

Parks and Gateways

Parks and Gateways Cover imagePioneer Square Parks and Gateways

Pioneer Square is home to five city parks: Pioneer Square; Occidental Square; City Hall Park; Prefontaine Place; and Union Station Square. The storied past of these parks contributes to the lore of the historic neighborhood. Some of the parks, such as Occidental Square, serve as a destination for residents and visitors alike. Others, like Pioneer Square Park and Prefontaine Place, act as gateways to the neighborhood. Despite continued attention and efforts led by residents, City departments, and neighborhood advocacy groups, our parks are still not parks for all. Ideas such as movable furniture, ongoing programming, and thinking of some parks as gateways and others as destinations have renewed optimism and given the neighborhood a vision of a path to reclaim its parks.

With the wrap-up of the Parks and Gateways Project, the Alliance will continue to seek opportunities to improve the quality of our neighborhood parks and public spaces.

Pioneer Square Parks and Gateways Project:

The Parks and Gateways Project was funded through a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.  The Alliance for Pioneer Square worked with a stakeholder group and consultant Walker Macy to create a Concept Plan for all neighborhood parks and gateways, and a Schematic Design for one park or gateway.

Take a look at the final document!

Outreach Documents:

Pioneer Park Open House Display Boards
Strategies and Visions
City Hall Park Plan Board
King Station Plan Board
Pioneer Square Park Boards
Steering Committee Meeting 3 Presentation

Assigned Steering Committee materials:

Article- What is Placemaking?
Video- The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Past Key Dates:

September 18th, 2015 – PARK(ing) Day! “PSQ Ties it Together”
October 29th, 2015 – Open House
November 13th, 2015 – Online Survey Closes
January 21st, 2016 – (re)Design Pioneer Park Open House
February 10th, 2016 – last day to submit comments on the Pioneer Park Open House Boards
April 11th, 2016 – Final Document complete


Contact Us

Alliance for Pioneer Square
310 1st Ave S, Suite 201
Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 667-0687

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