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Downtown pavement park Pine Street Plaza officially opens Monday

It’s a public-private pavement park

Courtesy of Downtown Seattle Association

While pedestrians, cyclists, and people looking for a place to sit have been able to use the new pavement park since at least mid-December, Pine Street Plaza is getting its grand opening—and first art installation—this Monday, January 8.

The space, set up between Third and Fourth Avenue on Pine Street right by Westlake Station, features a unique yellow-and-blue design on the pavement, separated from the main road by a bike lane and planter boxes. Park amenities include seating, games, and food trucks.

Starting this Sunday, “Faces of Seattle” will be installed. The mural features Seattle identity go-tos—a man throwing fish, a cup of coffee—with peek-throughs for faces and photo ops.

The public space is a collaboration between neighborhood organization Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Pavement to Parks program. DSA is already collaborating on public spaces with the city after taking over operations for Westlake Park and Occidental Square. The Pavement to Parks program previously brought us a park in Capitol Hill with a Pac-Man design, a park in Rainier Vista with an ultra-colorful street mural, and the University Street pavement park, among others.

Pine Street Plaza’s grand opening event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.