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What would you do with 15 acres of new public land in the middle of the city?
The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is embarking on a major feasibility study for lidding the central segment of Interstate 5. The Lid I-5 Steering Committee, the volunteer citizens who have led the initiative to this point, invite you to experience the dreadful freeway canyon firsthand and hear the latest project details.
WALKING TOUR: You’ll see how Seattle’s unique topography and the freeway configuration will influence design. Walk through history with existing lids at Freeway Park and the Convention Center. Hear about design challenges and opportunities for future lids in the area related to land use, street design and freeway ramps, pedestrian accessibility, transit routes, structural engineering, stormwater, earthquake preparedness, and more.
SKETCHING SESSION: Do you enjoy sketching or want to practice drawing outside on a summer day? We are coordinating a group sketching session with the event, led by professional designers. In addition to registering for the main walking tour, please contact us if you plan to participate: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sketching skills or interest is not required to join the main walking tour.
ABOUT LID I-5: Years of sustained community engagement have shown us the possibilities are almost endless. While regional traffic keeps moving, we can develop 20 acres of public airspace into productive uses like parks, affordable housing, schools, and other critical infrastructure for our most populous and vibrant neighborhoods.
Whether you’re an ardent supporter, a newcomer, or a skeptic, you’ll benefit from learning more about Seattle’s next civic endeavor.
Join us rain or shine. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are encouraged. This walk is approximately 1.25 miles and includes staircases and moderate hillclimbs.