June 2017

Neighborhood News + Updates

June 2017

Covered windows lead to new business in Pioneer Square!

As we turn towards a busy summer season in Pioneer Square, June is bringing us lots of new news about businesses opening and relocating within the neighborhood. We wanted to take a moment to let you know a bit more about each of these new ventures, and share the latest details about when each will be open to the public. Join us in welcoming them!

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The first-year saw strong attendance with more than 30,000 attendees

Upstream Music Fest + Summit concluded on Saturday May 13th on a high note, following three days of live performances by more than 360 musicians, as well as keynote discussions with Macklemore, Quincy Jones, Dr. Portia Sabin, and Ron Jones. For the first-year, we saw strong attendance with more than 30,000 attendees throughout the weekend. An estimated 5,000 more people attended the free shows programmed by KEXP in Occidental Park, and engaged with the additional festival programming and art installations throughout the neighborhood.

“It has always been our mission to create a festival that would shine a light on the amazing sound of the Pacific Northwest. We couldn’t be happier that the first year of Upstream brought together so many members of the music community and music lovers from around the region,” said Jeff Vetting, executive director, Upstream Music Fest + Summit. “We want to thank all of our artists, speakers and sponsors for their incredible support and participation this inaugural year, and we look forward to the future.”

“The experience of walking through Pioneer Square over the last three days, hearing so many of the region’s most promising bands and seeing attendees discover new talent has been surreal,” said Meli Darby, Upstream curator. “This is what the music scene in the Northwest is all about-discovering new music and people collaborating across genres and styles.”

We’d like to extend our thanks to all who live and work in Pioneer Square for welcoming Upstream to our neighborhood! Your enthusiasm, patience, and willingness to extend your support has helped make Upstream a success in this first year.The mission of supporting emerging musicians really resonates with those who work and live in Pioneer Square, and we were so excited to see that in action.

We are currently in the midst of debriefs and conversations to plan to fine-tune next year to be even better. Please contact Karen@pioneersquare.org with any comments about this year’s event or suggestions for next year.

Finally, we’d like to say thanks to the Upstream Team and Vulcan for bringing this to Pioneer Square, and for working with us every step of the way!

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Happening Sunday, June 18th

Seattle is once again hosting the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon. This year it will be on Sunday, June 18th. The race course has changed slightly since last year, with the race now start at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium at 6:30am and finishing outside of CenturyLink Field on Occidental. The course route through Pioneer Square is similar to last year. Check the link below to receive up-to-date race information, maps, and road closure info:

More Information

The race organizers have also created a community contact form for more specific questions and concerns, and to receive point-to-point directions:

Community Contact Form

Learn about the benefits of bike commuting

June 12th 1:00pm-4:00pm
1800 9th Ave, Seattle WA 98101

Participate in the Employer Bike Summit and learn more about how bike commuting can help your bottom line, impacts employee retention and recruitment, and key takeaways on setting up bike amenities at your place of work. The event is free!

Learn More & RSVP

Help us restore a unique piece of Seattle history!

Our Indiegogo campaign to restore the prism glass sidewalks of Pioneer Square is off to a great start!  So far we’ve raised over $10,000 towards our final goal of $15,000 thanks to contributions from people just like you! Help us with the final push and lend your support today. You can pick up one of the awesome limited-edition perks – including art prints, a cool t-shirt, or even Bruno Mars tickets – just for being a contributor to the cause!

Join the Campaign Here!

Now distributing

The 2017 Pioneer Square Map & Guide has arrived and is available for distribution! It’s chock full of great information about Pioneer Square, with colorful maps outlining the neighborhood’s points of interest, arts + culture,  restaurants, shops, lodging, and services. This year we even expanded to include a special foldout section to make sure we captured all of the great food and drink options in our neighborhood (there is a lot!). You can check out the digital version below:

2017 Pioneer Square Map + Guide

Also, if you’re a Pioneer Square business, and would like some new maps to be delivered to your establishment for distribution to customers, let us know by emailing info@pioneersquare.org.

First Thursday Speaker Series

First Thursday Speaker Series – NOAA in Seattle: Enriching life through science
6 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 1
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides warnings of dangerous weather, charts the seas, protects ocean and coastal resources, ensures seafood is safe for consumers, and conducts research to improve our understanding and stewardship of the environment. First established in 1807 as the Office of Coast Survey, NOAA is a federal science agency under the Department of Commerce. NOAA has a greater presence in Seattle than in any other US city besides Silver Spring, Maryland, its headquarters.  Join Casey Ralston from NOAA to discuss what the agency is currently working on in Seattle and Elliott Bay.

After a successful six year run, Milepost 31 will be closing its doors in late November 2017. Milepost 31 was created to meet WSDOT’s commitments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires agencies to take into account the effects of their projects on historic properties and neighborhoods, such as the Pioneer Square Historic District. With tunnel mining complete, this commitment has been fulfilled. The visitor center’s busy schedule of regular programming will continue through November, including the free Bike Above Bertha tours that kicked off earlier this month.

Pioneer Square Impacts


For more detail on upcoming projects and events in the region see SDOT’s three week look ahead.

May press from the square


Have you seen an issue in the neighborhood, but didn’t know how to report it to get it taken care of? ” Find It, Fix It” is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle. Reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. Help us keep our neighborhood a clean and well maintained. Be on the look out to report graffiti, potholes,street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online or call 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.