October 2018

Pioneer Square News + Updates

October First Thursday + FREE Parking

October 4th, 5-10pm

Every First Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square welcomes you to join us in the venerated tradition of Art Walk with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship. During Art Walk, parking is free from 5 to 10pm! Make sure to grab your voucher from a participating gallery or studio to park for free at one of two neighborhood garages: Frye Garage & Butler Garage.

Note: There will be NO parking at 450 Alaska Garage for this week’s First Thursday.

Parking Info

Upcoming Event 10/16: Pioneer Square Trucks & Ducks

Something special is happening in Pioneer Square. Crews of rubber ducks along with their work vehicles are being spotted around Pioneer Square. The ducks have arrived with their heavy equipment to celebrate neighborhood upgrade progress and to advertise a special event: Pioneer Square Trucks and Ducks! We encourage you to follow the ducks’ lead and celebrate. Here’s how:

  1. Create your own homemade construction vehicle replica! Your replica can be simple or complex, stationary or moving, realistic or stylized. Customize, use your imagination, and be creative! Sign up HERE to register your creation.
  2. Come to Pioneer Park (100 Yesler Way) at lunchtime on October 16th, 2018 with your construction vehicle replica! Enter your creation to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win a title and one of three special prize bags!
  3. Post social media photos of trucks and ducks you find in the neighborhood! Tag them #PSQTRUCKSandDUCKS

Learn more about this exciting event and sign up on our official page! We hope to see you and your creations in October!

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Pioneer Square Holidays 2018: SAVE THE DATE (s)

It may just be October, but the holidays aren’t too far off! Come to Pioneer Square for your holiday shopping and fun.

  • Carriage rides every Saturday in December
  • Shop the Square – Saturday, Dec 8th
  • Sixth Annual Howlidays – Sunday, Dec 9th
  • 3rdAnnual Holiday Hooky Hour – Friday, Dec 14th
  • Neighborhood Holiday Market – Friday, Dec 14th

More information on each event as we get closer!

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.

The initial summary of findings was released on August 31 with further information on capital and operating costs.

Learn more here

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Mark your calendars! In early 2019, the new State Route 99 tunnel will open, offering travelers a direct route from Seattle’s stadiums to the Space Needle.

To open the tunnel, crews must first realign the state highway to move SR 99 from the seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct into the tunnel. This intensive work to build ramps and roadway connections will prompt the longest major highway closure to ever hit the Puget Sound region.

The #realign99 closure is set to begin January 11, 2019 and last approximately three weeks. WSDOT expects significant congestion throughout the region, so start making your commute plan now. Check out travel-planning resources on the #Realign99 webpage and follow WSDOT on Twitter (@BerthaDigsSR99; #Realign99) for information on both the closure and details about celebrating the opening of the new tunnel.

If you have any questions about this work please email the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov.

Construction Roundup

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.