Initiative 123

Alaskan Way Elevated Park + other amenities


Initiative 123 would bring an elevated park on a brand new mile-long garden bridge to the waterfront from Pike Market to Century Link Field.  The new single level, single column bridge for the elevated park would allow us to maintain the spectacular public view asset (currently worth $200M) that has been delivered from the viaduct for 60 years.  A one block architecturally interesting section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct at the north end of the park would be seismically retrofitted and integrated into the design for the park.    Alaskan Way Elevated Park creates a 6-acre sustainable legacy for the future of Seattle that revitalizes the waterfront and reinvigorates downtown.    

Initiative 123 is great for people, great for business, and great for the environment; a win, win, win.

Our Policy

  • I-123 is an upcoming ballot initiative dedicated to creating a truly world class waterfront for Seattle by integrating a mile long elevated park into the waterfront plan while universally improving usability and access.
  • I-123 provides for better, more efficient public waterfront management via a Public Development Authority .
  • I-123 sacrifices none of the features and necessities of the city’s current unimproved plan while creating a better waterfront for everyone.
  • The time is right for I-123.  Elevated parks are at the forefront of urban open spaces and delays in the unimproved plan have created an opportunity for a re-imagining of Seattle’s waterfront.
  • The city’s unimproved waterfront plan attempts to mix commercial, transportation, and pedestrian space into an end product that doesn’t meet any of these users’ needs.
  • An elevated park provides a safe, scenic, and practical open space while simultaneously preserving walkable commercial space and vital freight access along Alaskan Way.