You've probably heard about the stunning Waterfront Park set to rise up in place of the former Highway 99 Viaduct, but little has been said about the 1.6 acre site between 1st and Western adjacent to the former Battery Street tunnel known to some as the Battery Portal.  The City of Seattle allocated funding for planning and development in 2019, but Mayor Durkan froze those funds in January 2020.

Goals for the Battery Portal site are simple: provide for stewardship, security and interim activation while the Seattle School Board decides whether they want to use the site. 

From left: Holly Decker, David Levinson, CM Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Steve Horvath, Steve Hall, René Flores, Zander Batchelder

Viaduct Construction c. 1953

Viaduct Demolition c. 2019

Current State

Imagining the Future of the Battery Portal

Battery Portal (Portal Park) Interim Use Plan View 062521.pdf