Central gathering space aerial (Artist Rendering: Natalie Bennon | Gard Communications)

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has granted $1 million to Friends of Waterfront Seattle to help Waterfront Park, years in the making, become a reality in downtown Seattle.

“Projects like Waterfront Park play a vital role in strengthening community ties and helping ensure our cities and region thrive,” said Steve Moore, executive director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. “Waterfront Park will be an asset to all. We are encouraged to see city and community leaders working together on issues to ensure that all have an opportunity to flourish, and we are grateful to play a small role in helping bring this vision to life.”

The grant to Friends of Waterfront Seattle reflects the Murdock Trust’s continued investment in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2017, the Murdock Trust has contributed more than $107 million through 524 grants to nonprofits serving communities in Washington and more than $1.2 billion in grants across the Pacific Northwest region overall since opening its doors in 1975.

Waterfront Park fulfills the community’s vision for a central, activated, accessible, and welcoming downtown waterfront. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, best known for New York’s Highline, the 20-acre park will stretch from Belltown to Pioneer Square. Seattle’s new waterfront will feature:

  • Two completely rebuilt piers, offering two acres of overwater open space for performances, community festivals, and active recreation;
  • An elevated park connecting the 10 million visitors who come to Pike Place Market each year to the waterfront;
  • Six children’s play areas;
  • A new beach in Pioneer Square;
  • More than 600 trees and 150,000 plants;
  • An enhanced shoreline habitat and juvenile salmon corridor; and
  • A new “Stadium Way” for game day fans;
  • A pedestrian promenade along the water’s edge;
  • A garden boardwalk
  • A two-mile bicycle path; and,
  • 10 enhanced west-east street connections between the waterfront and Seattle’s urban core.

“We are grateful to Murdock Charitable Trust for stepping up so generously. Their philanthropy sends a clear signal about the importance of Waterfront Park to the future of our downtown,” said Thatcher Bailey, executive director, Friends of Waterfront Seattle.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle has raised $89 million in private funds, with a $200 million comprehensive campaign goal for building, stewarding, and programming Waterfront Park.

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