May 2017

Neighborhood News + Updates

May 2017

Now distributing

The 2017 Pioneer Square Map & Guide has arrived fresh from the printer! 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

Tips, ticket discount, and volunteer opportunities 

Upstream Music Fest + Summit is quickly approaching (May 11-13) and we’re counting down the days with anticipation. We’ve put together some tips to help make your Upstream experience even better:

– Check out the interactive Upstream Fest schedule to view complete lineup, artist, and venue info. You can even connect through Facebook to create your own personalized schedule!
– Get the app for your smart phone and find even more ways to interact and connect, including personalized band suggestions.

– Need tickets? You can buy your Summit pass, plus one, two, and three day Festival passes HERE. Interested in both the Summit and the Fest? Check out the bundled passes! Don’t forget to use the Pioneer Square discount promo code PSQ2017 to get a discount for being in the neighborhood! (Please resist the urge to post the promo code on social media though. A limited number of these discounted tickets have been set aside for people who live and work in Pioneer Square.)

– Looking to get involved? Volunteer sign up is still open. Shifts available for everything from the street team to the info booth and more. Sign up HERE.

Music + Art in Pioneer Square

Our local Pioneer Square galleries, studios, and art venues will be showcasing our dynamic local art scene during the Upstream Music Fest + Summit.
Participating locations will be hosting unique art-related events, openings, and shows during Upstream, May 11-13.

Stop by to support Pioneer Square’s talented artists and vibrant galleries as they share this essential piece of our neighborhood’s character. To find out more, visit the Facebook event page here.


Help us restore a unique piece of Seattle history!

Join the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Heineken USA, as we set out to restore one of the quirkiest pieces of Seattle’s history – the prism glass sidewalks of Pioneer Square. Few cities have a collection of prism sidewalks quite like Seattle’s. That’s why we think they deserve some much-needed TLC, and with your help, we can make it happen. Support our Indiegogo campaign today and claim one of the awesome limited-edition perks – including Bruno Mars tickets – just for being a contributor to the cause!

Join the Campaign Here!

Lend your support to the Alliance!

We wanted to take a moment to let you know that on May 10, 2017 the Alliance will be officially kicking off our Spring Funding Drive by joining more than one thousand nonprofits in the annual Seattle Foundation GiveBIG event. We’re inviting you at this time to lend your support, and help us continue making Pioneer Square a strong, vibrant neighborhood. Here are the ways in which you can help:

Make a direct gift to the Alliance for Pioneer Square.

  • Give online  -OR-
  • Mail your gift to 310 1st Ave. S, Ste. 201, Seattle, WA 98104

You can also check with your employer to find out if they offer a matching gift program to make your donation go even further. For questions about making a gift, please contact or by calling 206.667.0687 Ext 102.

Make a donation to support us through GiveBIG.

Help us spread the word!

  • Let your family, friends, and colleagues know about our Spring Funding Drive and invite them to follow us on social media here:

Facebook – @pioneersquare
Twitter – @pioneersquare
Instagram – @pioneersquare
Pinterest – @pioneersquare

How can we work to address homelessness effectively?

The Alliance for Pioneer Square recently joined forces with Starbucks, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, and Visit Seattle to host a series of forums addressing homelessness in Seattle. Over the past few months, three forums were held at Town Hall in downtown Seattle, bringing together key voices and experts working to find solutions to these complex problems. You listen to a recording of the last forum here:

State of Homelessness: The Path Forward

First Thursday Speaker Series


First Thursday Speaker Series –
Tunnel Insider: The technology behind Seattle’s newest tunnel

6 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, completed her 9,270-foot journey beneath Seattle on April 4, 2017. Although tunnel boring has come to an end, crews have significant work to do before the tunnel can open to traffic in 2019. Join Chris Brown, the SR 99 Tunnel Civil Construction Engineering Manager, to learn about the many visible and hidden systems that will be a part of this tunnel, including the latest technology for ventilation, fire detection and suppression, security and lighting systems

After the talk, be sure to leave enough time to explore the rest of the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Free parking is available for First Thursday art walk patrons in Pioneer Square. Please visit for more information about participating garages. Want to explore historic Seattle another day this spring without the hassle of parking fees? Stop by Milepost 31 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to receive two hours of free parking at the First and Columbia garage, while supplies last!

Another sweeping WIN!

On April 8th, over 100 neighborhood volunteers took to the streets and got to work at the annual Spring Clean. There was a lot of mulching to do and places like Fortson Square, City Hall Park, tree wells on King Street, and two of the 1st Ave medians all received some love. A big thank you to everyone who participated, and to Payscale, RealSelf, Pan Pacific Hotel, Pillar Properties, Yesler/Projectline, and Starbucks, who all sent teams.To view photos of the event, please visit Flickr here:

Spring Clean 2017

If you missed out on the fun this year, don’t worry, you’ll have the chance to join us next year!

Blooming near you!

It’s finally May! Leaves are sprouting, flowers are beginning to bloom, and outdoor seating at our local eateries will quickly become a hot commodity.

It’s also when summer flower baskets are installed by Marshall Walton Design Group! Over 400 of them will grace our historic neighborhood, on buildings and on streetlight poles.

Learn more about this program here on the Alliance blog.


Pioneer Square Impacts

Center City Connector Project (First Ave Streetcar)
450 Alaskan Way
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project
Gridiron Condos
Seattle City Light at 1st & Main
North Lot (255 S King Street/Hawk Tower)
Yesler Bridge Replacement

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

April press from the square

EXCLUSIVE: Pioneer Square’s Triangle Tavern building is for sale (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Investor tries to sell historic J&M Cafe to stave off foreclosure (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Seahawks Owner Paul Allen’s Upstream Music Fest + Summit To Celebrate On-The-Rise Northwest Artists (
Opening soon: Elysian CEO and developer Greg Smith team up for Zócalo restaurant (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Seattle Startup ‘Boundless’ Helps Immigrants Navigate Green Card Maze (Government Technology)


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.