Yesler Terrace Choice Neighborhoods Redevelopment

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Parks

Seattle, WA

30 acres

Built from 1941 to 1943, the Yesler Terrace area is among the most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods in the city of Seattle. The ongoing Yesler Terrace redevelopment aims to create a community that promotes health and sustainability for current and future residents.

A part of this redevelopment, the 10th Avenue Hillclimb, is vital in reconnecting Yesler Terrace with its neighbors and creating healthy, active connections within the neighborhood. The pedestrian and cyclist staircase provide a direct, safe passage between Yesler Terrace and the Little Saigon/International District communities. The Hillclimb’s thoughtful design includes intertwining stairs, walks, bike runnel, accessible ramps and a gathering space at the top to enjoy views. The design expresses the travel of stormwater through the site and incorporates culturally and community-specific public art created and curated by a local artist.

More than a walking route, the Hillclimb creates a focal point for community gathering and rich experience of the natural environment situated in a deeply urban context.