Duwamish Waterway Park

Seattle, Washington

Through hands-on, cut paste and draw workshops held outdoors, Duwamish Waterway Park is being enlivened with a community-created and community-owned design.

Set in Seattle’s culturally diverse, industrial, and artistic South Park neighborhood, Duwamish Waterway Park is one of Seattle’s few riverfront parks and a critical open space and water access in an isolated neighborhood.

The community-led design facilitated by ELM activates the park with new play activities and an interpretive river walk telling stories of the Duwamish Waterway’s ecological history, industrial channelization, and recent environmental revival alongside histories of the diverse people who have settled and sculpted the South Park neighborhood. The river walk is being introduced to other riverfront sites to continue the design language and form a self-guided interpretive tour.



Friends of Duwamish Waterway Park

South Park Area Redevelopment Committee

Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks

Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods


Community Engagement

Waterfront Park Design

Interpretive Riverwalk Design

Rain garden & Stormwater Management

Environmental Critical Area

Grant Funded Project



2016 (Design)



1.4 acres



Seattle Parks and Recreation

Duwamish Waterway Park Activation


ELM Project Leadership