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Priortizing public access

It was a courageous band of populists in the early 1900s who realized that Seattle’s natural deep-water port was an asset and a resource that should belong to the people. Today, its scope is unique, from its vital cargo and passenger seaport and airport to the home for the North Pacific fishing fleet, to first-class public marinas and conference facilities, to a necklace of gem-like parks around Elliot Bay. The Port of Seattle has more than 60 acres of parks and public access sites that include scenic bike and pedestrian trails, picnic areas, habitat restoration areas, fishing piers, and shoreline access. Download the Habitat Restoration and Parks and Public Shoreline Access Sites. You may also check out the Port of Seattle Waterfront Walking Tour map.


Several Port of Seattle parks have been featured in The Seattle Times as great places to enjoy the outdoors while watching ship movements and other maritime related activities.

Organic Parks

Our Marine Maintenance Department uses 100% organic landscaping techniques and plants only native non-invasive species and drought tolerant trees and shrubs. All grass clippings and trimmed branches are composted or mulched for future use. This helps to conserve water and reduce run-off. Several parks have received environmental awards for recycling, water conservation, and hazardous waste reduction.

Public Access

Tucked among the seaport's terminals are public facilities such as fishing piers, bike paths, an exercise course, wildlife habitat preservation, a boat launch, and numerous benches and paths along the shoreline.

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For information on specific parks, browse the Places section, and select Waterfront Park.

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