• Bell Street
  • Bell Street
  • Bell Street
  • Bell Street
  • Bell Street
  • Bell Street

It's a Park. It's a Street. It's a Park.

Bell Street Park/Street Design

Booming Seattle’s high land prices meant it wasn’t possible to acquire land for a new park in Belltown, the densest urban area of the City. The solution was transforming a 4-block street section into a vibrant, safe and green public space. Bell Street Park is a park—in a street. A subtle topographic shift raises the roadway up to the sidewalk level to create one continuous surface of shared space. Street and park materials are woven into a wall-to-wall tapestry of shared space with meandering paving, seating and planting forming a unifying circuitry. It’s now an outdoor living room for residents, while still serving cars, buses, bicycles and emergency vehicles. On summer weekends, buses don’t run on the street itself, creating shared space for vendors, music and dancing, other entertainment, art shows and markets, games, food, parades, yoga, planting/gardening parties, movies at night and general mingling and running around. The neighborhood now views the street as a true community amenity. This is the first section of a planned park corridor that will eventually run all the way from South Lake Union to Elliott Bay.