Parks & Public Spaces

 As stewards of a rapidly growing center city, we’re committed to delivering a great urban experience — in downtown parks, on our sidewalks and everywhere in between. Well-designed parks and public spaces make downtown more inviting, livable and vibrant. Urban art installations create a sense of place and encourage public interaction. Better lighting and improved wayfinding make downtown more walkable. Read on to learn more about what we’re doing, along with our partners, to deliver on our vision to make downtown everybody’s neighborhood.

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Public Space and Art Projects

Public spaces are the front porches of great cities – spaces that foster public life and create a sense of place. At any given time, DSA is leading or partnering on public space projects throughout downtown and art installations in Westlake Park and Occidental Square. Whether it’s by enhancing crosswalks, adding flowers and greenery, improving lighting, or installing interactive art in two of the busiest parks in the city, we’re committed to harnessing local creative talent to build a rich, accessible downtown experience for everyone.

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To enhance downtown parks and other public spaces, DSA partners with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Friends of the Waterfront Seattle and Seattle Parks Foundation. The dedication and commitment of great partners like these helps ensure an inviting and friendly downtown.

Alliance for Pioneer Square and Pioneer Square BIA

Friends of Waterfront Seattle


Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks & Recreation

Occidental Square and Westlake Park are managed and activated by the Downtown Seattle Association in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

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Occidental Square

Westlake Park

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Contact Info

General Park Info:

Michael Johnson, Director of Parks & Public Spaces


Jennifer Casillas, VP, Public Realm & Ambassador Operations

Art and Public Space Projects:

Seth Geiser, Manager, Urban Planning & Design

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