Parks & Open Space

The U District’s parks and open spaces serve as an outdoor living room for daily life. From Waterfront Park to Christie Park, our open spaces are growing, improving, and changing. Learn more about the existing and planned open spaces in the U District.


Christie Park

The U District’s beloved Christie Park is getting an upgrade! The Christie Park “Addition” will bring more open space for the University District by doubling the size of the existing park. The new park will feature an open lawn, trees, a multi-use plaza with donated art, a loop trail, and fitness area. The “Explorer Voyage” art piece by Paul Sorey donated by Friends of Christie Park, celebrates the community’s connection to the Taiwanese Community, James Christie, and University of Washington.

Learn more about the Christie Park addition here.

Fritz Hedges Waterfront Park

We’re excited to welcome the newest U District Park! Fritz Hedges Waterway Park is a new park on Portage Bay in the south U District. Fredrick “Fritz” Hedges was a long-term Seattle Parks and Recreation professional who dedicated his life to the idea that parks and recreation are vital components of urban life for all residents. The park will include historical elements, water access for people and hand-carried boats, shoreline restoration, open lawn space for passive recreation, and opportunities for interpretation and education. The park is scheduled to open in Fall 2020.

Learn more about the new Fritz Hedges Waterfront Park here.