Fritz Hedges Waterway Park is Seattle’s newest waterfront park. Our design transformed a formerly degraded industrial site on the Portage Bay waterfront into one that includes a salmon-friendly shoreline, celebrates the site’s rich cultural history, and reconnects the University District to the water. The park is an iconic open space at the base of the University of Washington campus, and offers a range of experiences within a compact area, providing places for social gatherings, informal play and recreation, light watercraft access, and contemplation. A meadow features a mix of native and climate-adapted grasses along with wildflowers once cultivated in the area, and timbers from the site’s old mill building were reused in unique features throughout the park.
BOLA Architecture + Planning
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Tres West Engineers
Dark Light Design
Design Two Four / Two Six
2021 Waterfront Center, Excellence on the Waterfront, Honor Award
2021 WASLA General Design, Public Ownership: Merit Award