Public Realm

The U District’s public realm serves as an outdoor living room for daily life. From Waterfront Park to Christie Park, our open spaces are growing, improving, and changing. Below is information on the different open spaces visitors can access in the U District.


Christie Park Art Installation graphicChristie Park

Located at the southeast corner of NE 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue NE, Christie Park features a half-basketball court, benches for seating, and green space. In 2012, Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased property to expand Christie Park and create additional open space in the U District. The additional land will double the park’s size. The U District Partnership is also acting as a fiscal sponsor for Friends of Christie Park, which will be installing public art in the newly expanded park in 2020. The “Explorer Voyage” art piece by Paul Sorey celebrates the community’s connection to the Taiwanese Community, James Christie, and the University of Washington.

Learn more about Christie Park here


Fritz Hedges Waterway Park

Located on the shore of Portage Bay in the SE corner of UW’s campus, this new U District Park will open in 2020 and provides shoreline/water-related experiences for all ages and abilities. The park will have three piers, with one serving as a kayak launch point. The park will also have a small beach, active recreation opportunities in restored meadows, and passive recreation sites in the lawn terraces, main pier, and picnic area.

Learn more about the park here and here.


5G Installation

The next generation of wireless technology is coming to the U District. Communications infrastructure company Crown Castle is currently installing 5G fibers in the district for Sprint and AT&T. The project is slated to be completed in 2020 and includes street level construction on multiple corridors in the district. The U District Partnership is working to ensure that business and property owner concerns and comments are communicated to Crown Castle, construction contractors, and the City of Seattle.

Learn more about Seattle’s plans to turn the region into a 5G hub here.