Realizing a decades-old vision of a green pedestrian pathway between Lake Union and Elliott Bay, the Lake2Bay corridor will connect some of Seattle’s most public spaces including the new Central Waterfront, Seattle Center, Denny Park, and Lake Union Park. Knitting together four adjacent neighborhoods, Lake2Bay will augment capital investments at Seattle Center to create one of the great public spaces in the country.
The first portion, along Terry Avenue, has largely been completed as part of the redevelopment of South Lake Union. The two parts of Thomas Street will be reconnected in 2019 when the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down and will serve as the major pedestrian gateway to Seattle Center. The Lake2Bay Steering Committee is exploring funding for Alaskan Way from Piers 62 and 63 to the Olympic Sculpture Park. The last stretch will be Broad Street from Alaskan Way to Fifth Avenue, with a major redesign that includes a curving roadway with garden stops all along the way.
The Lake2Bay project will connect to other grassroots efforts to enhance connections between public spaces and will provide at long last the critical missing link in our regional trails network.