Washington – New pedestrian and bicycle greenways are part of a recently approved initiative to improve parks along Seattle’s Elliott Bay. The $45 million effort is being led by Elliot Bay Connections (EBC), a new partnership between the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle and private contributors. The group will lead the revitalization of the Waterfront Park to the Olympic Sculpture Park, Myrtle Edwards Park and Centennial Park.
A new greenway will feature updated sidewalks and replacement of old trolley tracks with walking paths, scooters, wheelchairs and cyclists.
Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks will undergo work to modernize facilities, restore public fishing access and improve accessibility. All work will be designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, according to city officials.
Funds for the park renovations are coming from private donations, including contributions from Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott, The Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation and the Expedia Group.
In addition, a $10 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an unrestricted $10 million grant from MacKenzie Scott will ensure ongoing development and programming through the Campaign for Waterfront Park.
Community input will be sought during the design phase.