Public Spaces

Well-designed and maintained public spaces inspire us to get outside and enjoy the urban environment. With support from our partners, DSA implements a steady stream of events, art installations and improvement projects within downtown parks and other public spaces.

Each of these projects depends on active public-private collaboration. DSA coordinates closely with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Friends of the Waterfront Seattle, the Seattle Parks Foundation and many businesses to fund and execute downtown events and art installations.

Public Space & Art Projects

 To us, mundane public infrastructure is just an art installation or event away from becoming an interactive, people-friendly space. Our team works with downtown businesses, local government and other partners to bring life to downtown through a variety of both short- and longer-term public space improvement efforts. From painting crosswalks and hanging flower baskets to creating pocket parks and improving wayfinding, we’re making sure downtown is a great place to live, work, shop and play.

At DSA, we believe in the power of urban art to enhance downtown. A colorful mural can turn an otherwise drab cement wall into a beautiful canvas. A painted crosswalk can improve pedestrian safety and become a lively addition to a busy intersection. Below are a few samples of our public realm improvement projects.

Urban Parks Art

As part of our efforts to build a richer, more inviting and livable urban core, we’re excited to introduce Urban Parks Art, a new program that will showcase the work of urban artists in two of downtown’s most popular parks – Occidental Square and Westlake Park. We want your ideas for creative, innovative projects and are holding open requests for proposals twice yearly.

The center city is a tapestry of neighborhoods, people, ideas and culture. And through Urban Parks Art, we want to reflect our multifaceted downtown community – both in the projects we select and the artists with whom we partner.

  • Our next open call will be from August 1 – September 30, 2018. The selected artist will be notified by October 31. Selections will be made by a panel of art and design professionals and DSA and City staff members. The group will review applicants’ images, qualifications and other materials.

If you want to support our mission of creating a healthy, vibrant downtown, download the application below and submit a proposal.

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Calls for Artists

Downtown is filled with opportunities for creative enhancement, and we’re always on the lookout for experienced artists who want to help transform public spaces into canvasses of expression. Urban art can help create a sense of place and community. It’s proven to foster innovation and it’s accessible to everyone – workers, residents and visitors. If you love downtown and have a creative vision to bring to life, we want to hear from you. We welcome large-scale installations, small projects and all types in between.

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Calls for Walls

Calling all building owners! DSA is looking for partners to help bring more art into downtown and create a richer urban experience. And the wall of your building might be the perfect canvas for our next colorful mural. If you are interested in vibrant neighborhood enhancements and know a wall that could use some pizzaz, contact us today.

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Contact Info

General Park Info:

Jennifer Casillas, VP, Public Space Operations & Events
206-613-3225
parks@downtownseattle.org

Sponsorships:

Lindsay Clarke, Senior Manager, Sponsorships
206-613-3213
lindsayc@downtownseattle.org

Art and Public Space projects:

Seth Geiser, Manager, Urban Planning & Design
206-613-3916
sethg@downtownseattle.org

Park Rules

The Seattle Municipal Code prohibits:

  • Placing any structure or obstruction in the park without a permit
  • Dogs or other pets that are not leashed; person with dog must carry and use equipment for removing feces.
  • Sale of merchandise without a permit
  • Amplified sound without a permit.
  • Camping
  • Liquor (open or closed container)
  • Littering
  • Skateboarding, roller-skating
  • Illegal gambling
  • Urinating or defecating

Parks Code of Conduct (enforceable under SMC 18.12.040) prohibits:

  • Depriving others of their use or enjoyment of the park
  • No smoking
  • Unattended items
  • Creating a risk of harm to any person or property
  • Obstructing pedestrian traffic; interfering with the provision of services or the use of park property
  • Disrupting Parks and Recreation activities.
  • Abusive or harassing behavior