Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One will set the stage for a safe and vibrant pedestrian experience from Capitol Hill to Pike Place Market and the waterfront.


Pike and Pine will be comfortable and predictable for all users, with shorter, more visible crosswalks, wider sidewalks, uniform light levels, protected bike lanes and positive street activity.


Public seating and sidewalk cafes, plus programming, more greenery, active business frontages and iconic lighting will create places to linger and enjoy city life.

People walking on Pine Street on freeway overpass

Photo credit: DSA


Pike and Pine will have a more consistent character and identity from end to end. The connection to Capitol Hill over the freeway will be more welcoming, with wider sidewalks, higher rails, greenery and pedestrian lighting. The connection to Pike Place Market will feature curbless streets to calm traffic and welcome pedestrians.

Project overview

Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One is the first phase of a multi-year effort to improve the pedestrian experience along Pike and Pine streets from First to Melrose avenues. The City of Seattle will construct these improvements as a part of the Waterfront Seattle Program.


Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One has a total budget of $20M and is funded in part by a Local Improvement District (LID). The LID is a key component of the funding strategy identified by the Waterfront Strategic Plan adopted by City Council in 2012. Learn more about the Waterfront Seattle LID.

Total funding for the Waterfront Seattle Program is $688 million, with $100 Million from philanthropy, an estimated $200 Million from Local Improvement District, $195 million from city funding and $193 million from state funding (which does not include the Washington State Department of Transportation-funded Marion Street Pedestrian bridge over Alaskan Way, as that is pending future agreement).

Schedule and design process

Project schedule

What is a concept design?

  • Preliminary look at proposed improvements
  • Represents the stage at which about 10% of design is complete
  • Shaped by our analysis of existing conditions and community input

To ensure the project is informed by the community, we’ll continue to engage the public through:

  • Public open houses and pop-up events in the corridor
  • Business and property owner meetings
  • Project Sounding Board, representing a broad constituency of Pike and Pine stakeholders

Community feedback

What we’ve heard from the community so far:

  • Safety and comfort for pedestrians are a priority
  • Active and transparent storefronts encourage a positive experience
  • Consider many modes of transportation
  • Incorporate more greenery and landscaping
  • Build on the successful activation at Westlake Park
  • Corridor between 4th – 9th avenues works well – extend this success to I-5 overpasses and Pike and Pine between 1st – 4th avenues


Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One is led by the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront and the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA).

Waterfront Seattle will build 20 acres of parks, trails and sidewalk and street improvements along Seattle’s waterfront – creating a “waterfront for all” that is seamlessly connected to the core of our downtown.

DSA's mission is to provide a healthy, vibrant downtown. They’ve partnered with the Office of the Waterfront to lead the Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One.

Rendering of Waterfront Seattle improvements.

The Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One improvements are informed by related projects in the corridor, such as transit and bicycle infrastructure. Learn more about other improvements coming to the area.