Victor Steinbrueck Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

Spring 2024

Victor Steinbrueck Park will continue to be closed until late spring 2024 during the Victor Steinbrueck Park Renovation project. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded Kassel & Associates, Inc. the construction contract for the project. The contractor will be installing the new waterproofing membrane this fall and will begin site improvements in winter 2023/2024. The project has experienced construction delays due to the complexity of working on top of a parking garage that SPR does not own and working with adjacent neighbors on the impacts of construction. 
You can view some early project progress photos here.

The totem poles were temporarily removed and transported off-site for storage during construction. The poles will be reinstalled at the park but need significant work before they can be reinstalled. SPR is working with a conservator and will have more details on the restoration and timing soon.

    The waterproofing membrane on the westerly portion of the park between the parking garage below and the park is failing. In addition to the park improvements, replacement of the waterproofing membrane is the primary goal for this project.

    This improvement and maintenance project provides public safety improvements that include better sight lines into the park, renovating the seating area, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping. The project will provide circulation updates creating a connection to MarketFront (honoring Victor Steinbrueck’s vision that the park be an extension of the Market), and an improved connection into the Tree of Life area.

    During the public and stakeholder outreach process, SPR and the design team heard from the community the importance of honoring the significance of the park to Seattle’s Native American communities, specifically the Urban Native community. Coast Salish welcome text at the entrance walls, special concrete path paving with a Coast Salish basket-weave pattern, a Coast Salish map, and Coast Salish column wraps at the Pavilion are elements that will be included in the park. These design elements support of the original design intent of the park as a place that welcomes all people, recognize Seattle’s Native American communities, and reflects the local Coast Salish culture.

    We received the Certificate of Approval from the Pike Place Market Historic Commission for the proposed improvements in September 2019. See the park improvements design, site features and furnishings.

    Location

    Victor Steinbrueck Park, 2001 Western Ave, 98121 (North end of Pike Place Market)

    Budget

    The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates 1.6 million dollars to this project.
    Plus, additional funding from the City budget to replace the membrane.

    Schedule

    Planning: Fall 2015 – Winter 2015/2016
    Design: 2016 – Winter 2021/2022
    Construction: December 2022 -  Late Spring 2024

    Project Description

    As included in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy language improvements to the park will include improvements to public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children's play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping subject to the following:

    1. The Council determines whether the project is needed after it has evaluated how well the removal of the automated public toilet, installation and operations of surveillance cameras, and increased policing address public safety issues in and around the Park.
    2. If Council determines the project should proceed, the Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct a project design process with broad public outreach and submit a project design to the Council for its review and approval prior to appropriation of levy funds for construction.

    Community Participation

    Parks and Recreation

    AP Diaz, Superintendent
    Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
    Phone: (206) 684-4075
    Fax: (206) 615-1813
    pks_info@seattle.gov

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