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Victor Steinbrueck Park Closes for Improvements

Victor Steinbrueck Park will close December 2022 until fall 2023 during the Victor Steinbrueck Park Renovation project. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded Kassel & Associates, Inc. the construction contract for the project.

This improvement and maintenance project provides public safety improvements that include better sightlines 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 the original design intent of the park as a place that welcomes all people, recognizes Seattle’s Native American communities, and reflects the local Coast Salish culture. 

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 work requires the complete removal of the park features to install a new waterproofing system. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated funds for these improvements to Victor Steinbrueck Park.

SPR has been and will continue to engage organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of the Market, the Pike Place Market PDA, surrounding residents and businesses, and homeless advocates regarding the construction timeline for the park. To learn more and review the presentation to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission Design Review Committee visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/victor-steinbrueck-park.

For additional information, please contact Shannon Glass at Shannon.glass@seattle.gov or 206-733-9319 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/victor-steinbrueck-park.