May 2018

Pioneer Square News + Updates


Kicking off the Spring Funding Drive

Help us continue to make Pioneer Square a strong, vibrant neighborhood.

The Alliance for Pioneer Square just kicked off our annual Spring Funding Drive, and we’re inviting you to join us! Over the last year we’ve continued to grow a strong economic base in Pioneer Square. We’ve created new marketing campaigns, strengthened our advocacy efforts, and built important inroads with our community action work. As Seattle grows at an unprecedented pace, we ensure Pioneer Square grows too—strategically and authentically. Help support these important efforts today:

Donate Here

We’re excited to announce that we’re once again participating in GIVEBIG, happening on May 9th. GIVEBIG, presented by the Seattle Foundation, is the one-day online giving campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits, and this year is the final year of this annual event. Early giving is now open, so please feel free to stop by our profile to learn more.

Spring Clean Wrap Up

Volunteers spruced up the neighborhood through rain and shine this past Saturday

A lot was accomplished during Spring Clean this past weekend. The planters in Occidental Park got a refresh with new plants, we cleaned up litter and graffiti, removed weeds from tree pits, spread mulch at City Hall Park, and scrubbed down the Trail to Treasure signs. A group of volunteers also did a walking audit of Jackson Hub and provided valuable feedback for future planning. Despite the predictable April showers, new friends were made and good times were had. The Alliance would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who participated this year! Because of your help, we were able to make a meaningful difference in the neighborhood.

Upcoming Events

Get Ready For Upstream 2018!

Full Schedule Announcement + Discounted Tickets

Upstream’s Full Schedule Is Here! It’s time to plan your perfect weekend of music discovery. With non-stop music on TWO main stages and 15+ unique venues with some seriously huge names (Miguel! Murder City Devils! BJ The Chicago Kid! Zola Jesus!), don’t miss the rare opportunity to see your favorite artists up close and personal.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for Upstream 2018 and, because you’re an Alliance for Pioneer Square newsletter reader we’re excited to offer you a 10% discount that can be applied at any time*! Just follow the link below and make sure to use the discount code Upstream2 to get this special rate.

Discount code: Upstream2

*Discounts vary and are subject to availability.
Discount codes exclude VIP packages.

Get Your Tickets Now

Neighborhood Construction Updates

Center City Connector Streetcar

On March 30, Mayor Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains in Pioneer Square, pending an independent review. While conducting a preliminary assessment, it was discovered that the proposed project could face a significant capital shortfall. As a result, the City also has initiated an independent investigation of the projects management to date.

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Update on progress

A visual change is coming soon to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s work zone near Pioneer Square. Over the last several months, Seattle Tunnel Partners has laid the groundwork for the restoration of Alaskan Way South between Yesler Way and King Street. This work has included utility and subgrade work, but now crews are preparing to pave this stretch of roadway.

Before the tunnel is ready to open, Alaskan Way will be shifted west, out from under the viaduct. This new alignment will have two lanes in each direction, and will allow the street to remain open during demolition (at least one lane open in each direction). While STP is planning this upcoming paving work, there is still more waterfront utility work to complete before the new road alignment is ready for traffic.

WSDOT is also busy preparing for the demolition of the viaduct, which will begin after the tunnel opens to traffic as soon as this fall. Look for more news after a contractor is selected for the work later this spring.

Send an email to if you would like to be added to email lists for updates on the viaduct demolition and/or the SR 99 Connections Project.

Construction Roundup

April 2018

Top Highlight:
Destination: Seattle (Surface Magazine)

Arts & Culture News:
2018 Spring Art Walk Awards: Winners and Photos (City Arts)
Pick Up Cynthia Alfonso’s Gorgeous Art Comic Book, Behind Is Late (The Stranger)
See the Final Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2018 Schedule Here (The Stranger)
First Thursday Guide for May 3, 2018 (Real Change)
Seattle’s Music Festival Season Begins with These Three Events (Seattle Magazine)

Restaurant & Retail News:
General Porpoise brings its mouth-watering doughnuts to Pioneer Square (King 5 – Evening Magazine)
Dining Out for Life: A delicious way to support a great cause (King 5 – New Day Northwest)
Mike Yardley: Street treats of Seattle (Newstalk ZB (New Zealand))

Other News:
Downtown Seattle receives new flagship Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square (Building Design & Construction)
Degen & Degen designs Embassy Suites by Hilton in Seattle’s first neighborhood (Hotel Management)
Seattle’s best places to cry in public, mapped (Curbed)
Seattle waterfront of the future unveiled in video (King 5 News)

Find It! Fix It!

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 clean and well maintained. Be on the lookout to report graffiti, potholes, street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online, or by calling 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.