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Exploring Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at the Waterfront

If you visited Seattle’s Waterfront Park over the weekend, then you probably noticed a new series of graphical information panels, installed by Seattle Department of Transportation. The series highlights facts about the past, present, and future waterfront, including the historic construction of the seawall, fun facts about the current waterfront, and opportunities for the post-Viaduct future.

The panels aspire to raise awareness of the waterfront’s many aspects (including ongoing projects) for visitors and native Seattleites alike. These are intended to breathe new life into Waterfront Park in both a whimsical and educational way, while simultaneously providing background information on the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle. From a rich history in the maritime industry and blue-collar jobs to the current attractions and thousands of daily commuters and visitors, the Seattle waterfront has transformed dramatically over time and will continue to do so in the years to come.

 The series has four “chapters” representing various characteristics: Above (today), Below (underwater habitat and ecology), Ebb (our history and the construction of the seawall), and Flow (tomorrow’s waterfront). Waterfront businesses provided material to help build the “Above” panel about today’s iconic waterfront.

These boards are designed to remain in place through construction of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project (intended for completion in early 2016). Each panel has been fabricated to allow for updates and modifications as the Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle move forward.

Check out the panels at Waterfront Park just south of the Aquarium and learn more about them on the website (click here).