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University Bridge - Fremont Bridge - Ballard Bridge


About the Seattle Bridge Lights project:

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) commissioned Ian Campbell and Hayley Buckbee (RSVR visual research) to create a lighting concept and undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic draw bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, which will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2017.


The University Bridge is a double-leaf draw bridge, known as a bascule bridge, built in 1919 with an opening span of 217 feet. The bridge was remodeled in 1933 and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. A bridge operator is on site every day in the northwestern tower, the southeastern tower is unoccupied and will be used for the residency. 

JOIN US 11/19/2016


We want to warmly invite you to the University Bridge lighting artist residency open studio event.

Saturday, November 19th


University Bridge - South Bridge Tower

Designs are underway for permanent art lighting of Seattle’s Ballard Bridge, Fremont Bridge, and University Bridge.  Preliminary lighting concepts for Seattle’s historic bascule bridges will be displayed for public review and comment

The goal of this SDOT artist residency is to create an engaging, contextually sensitive lighting design for all three SDOT managed historic bascule bridges. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Join Us 10/06/2016

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to participate in design of Smith Cove Park

We will be talking about the Seattle Bridge Lights Project at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center on Thursday October 6th.  Come talk with us before and after the Smith Cove Park community meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Press release below: 

September 30, 2016

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Smith Cove Park project on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project, meet the design team from Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) and provide input on the design of Seattle’s new waterfront park. Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay at 1451 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

This project will develop the recently acquired 4.9 acre easterly waterfront property and make improvements to the playfield at Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Ave. W). The expanded park will provide opportunities for active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Amenities may include pathways, landscaping, waterfront access, a play area, and related improvements.  Improvements will also be made to the existing part of Smith Cove Park used for youth sports to enhance the playability.

In early 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired GGN as the design consultant. GGN and Seattle Parks and Recreation will use the outreach and concept completed by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) as the starting point for the design of the park.

Established in 2014, FoSCP, is a committee of community members and park users. In 2015, FoSCP received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. Find out more about FOSCP at their websitewww.SeattleSmithCovePark.org.

For more information on the park and the project, please visit

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

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