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February 13, 2024

Overlook Walk takes form along Seattle's waterfront

Photo by Tim Rice Photography [enlarge]
The elevated park and walkway has an hourglass shape that spans Alaskan Way.

Overlook Walk, one of the key elements of the $806 million renovation and rehabilitation of the waterfront, looks like it will be finished a bit ahead of schedule, according to Seattle's Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects.

The city previously was targeting early 2025 to finish the pedestrian connection between Pike Place Market and the waterfront but now predicts work will be complete by year end.

Hoffman Construction Co. is building Overlook Walk, which has two bridges that support an elevated park and walkway in an hourglass shape spanning Alaskan Way. Part of the structure sits atop Seattle Aquarium's Ocean Pavilion, also under construction and slated for completion this summer.

The city reports that crews are also working on the cafe building and canopy atop Overlook Walk that will provide covered seating with views of Elliott Bay; have finished precast concrete benches along the edges of the upper deck; and have started construction of the steps that will connect Overlook Walk to the Park Promenade west of Alaskan and Elliott ways.

Photo by Benjamin Minnick [enlarge]
Crews are working on amphitheater-type seating that faces the waterfront.

Crews also have finished installing boulders and most of the granular fill near MarketFront, where future plantings and play features will be added. Those landscaping boulders were hoisted by an 85-ton crane from Elliott Way.

The city says crews over the next couple of months will continue to work on the stairways, walls, grading, electrical and irrigation. Later this year, they will begin to add landscaping and other finishes.

Overlook Walk's bridge to the waterfront will have accessible walking paths, an elevator and informal spaces for people to rest. In addition to the cafe, there will be play toys for kids including slides, and amphitheater-type seating facing the waterfront.

The DJC in the past has reported Overlook Walk's design team as Field Operations, Miller Hull, Land Morphology, Dragonfly, MKA, Dark Light, Jacobs, Shannon & Wilson, The Greenbusch Group, WSP, and Green Facades. Field Operations, formerly James Corner Field Operations, is the lead urban design and landscape architecture firm, with Land Morphology supporting the landscape plantings design work.

The reworked waterfront will stretch from Pioneer Square to Belltown. It will have 20 acres of new public spaces, including bike paths, walkways and parks. It is expected to be mostly finished by year end.

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