It was a sad day in Seattle when Pier 58 was retired due to deterioration in September 2020. The pier, also known as Waterfront Park, was fully removed by April 2021. Now Seattleites can finally look forward to a new and improved Pier 58.
The new Pier 58 next to the Great Wheel is going to bring many exciting features to the Seattle waterfront. Not only will it boast a marine habitat-sensitive design, but it will also be optimized for the enjoyment of locals, visitors, and families with young children.
The new Pier 58 will feature an elevated seating area and lawn for relaxing and taking in the views. Speaking of views, visitors to the pier will also get to enjoy an enhanced viewing area overlooking the Bay and Olympic Mountains. (Perhaps you’ll get lucky and spot some orcas if you go at the right time!)
You can look forward to attending many concerts, outdoor movies, and pop-up events at the new Pier 58. The plans incorporate a plaza and event space that will be used to host exciting events at the waterfront.
Families and children will also have something to look forward to at the new pier. An iconic playground is being designed with the aim of enticing visitors of all ages. In addition to typical playground features such as a slide, wobble boards, and climbing elements, the pier playground will also include a multi-level, 18-foot jellyfish-inspired tower.
Other elements of the new pier include all-gender restrooms, a concierge space, a permanent art installation, and the return of the old pier’s Fitzgerald Fountain. Overall, the new and improved Pier 58 is set to be an inviting place to relax, socialize, and enjoy the waterfront after a busy day exploring downtown Seattle.
For more information and pictures, you can view the Pier 58 fact sheet here. Mark your calendars, Seattle! Construction for the new Pier 58 is slated to start this fall and is projected to finish in two years.