Smith Cove Park
Smith cove park
The City of Seattle’s Smith Cove Park is located on the former tide flats between Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia bluff. The 9.5 acre waterfront property represents an important opportunity to enhance visual and physical connections between Interbay and the Seattle region, support community programming and youth athletics, and offer tactile and immersive engagement with Elliott Bay’s dynamic shore.
The Smith Cove Park Vision Plan draws from the history of the site as a tidal sand spit to inform its materiality, geometry, construction methods, and program. A sand bar forms the sea-facing border of the park, offering a softened shoreline with kayak and beach access to Elliott Bay, beach volleyball, playground, shoreline trails, off-leash area, and views to Mount Rainier. Curvilinear paths and seating formed by reclaimed logs wrap the heart of the park, unifying its east and west parcels. In this heart of the park sits a large, flexible open field for picnicking, pick-up games, and community events. A natural turf sports field is integrated into the field so the heart of the park supports the area’s thriving youth soccer and little league communities, while remaining a community gathering space.
Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 9.5 acres
Client: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Completion Date: 2019
GGN, Landscape Architect
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Structural and Civil Engineering
Hart Crowser, Environmental Assessment
DCW, Cost Estimator
JBC, Field / Soil / Irrigation
Vision Plan – Construction Documentation