August News + Updates
New mural in Occidental Park by local artist Henry.
Funding by the Pioneer Square Residents Council.
This Month in Pioneer Square
  • People in the Square - "The Pioneer Square Musical", premiers at Beneath the Streets underground tour

  • Join us for MS PAM's 80's Block Party, the 101's community showcase and more

  • Seattle Fleet Week returns to Seafair 

  • Apply for the Pioneer Square Façade Improvement Fund

  • Enjoy Free parking every Saturday and during First Thursday Artwalk in Pioneer Square

  • And More!
People in the Square - "The Pioneer Square Musical"
MS PAM’S Block Party curated by Tariqa Waters
Creative Hiatus Productions is thrilled to partner with Beneath the Streets underground tour to present the world premiere of an original new musical review from August 2nd to 27th.

The musical, running from Wednesday to Saturday each week at 8 pm is a cabaret-style musical revue which gives the audience a glimpse into the many different inhabitants, past and present, of Pioneer Square.

A four member cast and three piece band bring to life this musical history lesson through time. This musical ranges in time from the original inhabitants of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes, early pioneers and gold miners, fast-forwarding to those who frequent Pioneer Square today.

Tickets to the musical are available here. People in the Square is made possible by generous support from Trial & Error Productions, the Alliance for Pioneer Square's Inspiration Fund and The Good Arts Building.

Join us on Saturday, August 6 from 1-8 p.m., Nord Alley and Occidental Ave S. as we celebrate the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood with an 80s-themed block party. The day will feature music and dance performances by Liv Warfield, Kisha Vaughan, Khari Cabral Simmons, Ryan Waters and DJ9, interactive art activities and more!
Created Commons: Neighborhood Edition is an expansive multi-agency initiative that centers, engages and employs artists, communities and cultural workers to activate public space for community connection.
This program is created by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation and community curator, Maryr Sauce.
Jackson Street Hub Public Art
History Link Tour
Jackson Hub is a major transit hub located between the Chinatown International District and Pioneer Square. It is an ever evolving public space with a rich history. Over the past year, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has worked with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and HistoryLink to create the Jackson Hub Art Tour. This was made possible thanks to funding from Historic South Downtown.

The virtual self-guided tour highlights the different public art pieces that are in the International District Chinatown Station. Please check out the tour here or via the QR code above if you are interested in learning more about the art in Jackson Hub. There is also a short survey about public art and public space activation that is linked on the tour, we’d love to hear your feedback! The tour is live now until September 16th 2022.
The Works Seattle
Retail Pop-up Shop Now Open on 2nd Ave
The Works Seattle is a hands-on experience-based company facilitating learning and community connection through in-person classes, DIY kits and events. The pop-up shop, sponsored by the Seattle Restored program, offers a broad range of topics from terrariums to block printing to shrub and lots of things in-between.

The shop, located at 512 2nd Ave, Suite 100, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6pm. Stop by and pick up a kit during retail hours, or head over to their website to learn more about upcoming classes, meet their awesome team and check out all they have to offer!
Pioneer Square's
All Art Weekend
Last month saw thousands of locals, visitors and art enthusiasts converge on Pioneer Square for a four day art affair courtesy of the Seattle Art Fair and the Forest For The Trees art festival. Here are some snippets from both events.
Forest For The Trees © Daniel Ortiz 
Seattle Art Fair © Gallery 110 and Seattle Art Fair
Returning for its sixth edition, The Seattle Art Fair presented by AIG, brought together 85 top local, national and international galleries to showcase artworks at the Lumen Field Event Center. The weekend also featured an array of innovative installations, events, talks and performances curated by the fair's Artistic Director Nato Thompson.

Located two blocks from Seattle Art Fair, an art festival titled Forest For The Trees hosted more than 100 local artists for a 4 day, 70,000+ SQ art activation at RailSpur’s 419 Occidental Ave S building in Pioneer Square. Visitors were treated to 8 floors of immersive installations, solo interventions, large group exhibitions and daytime live music in the alley.

Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a successful and unforgettable weekend for our arts community!
Pioneer Square's
First Thursday Art Walk
Join Seattle’s Original First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. The art walk is FREE & self-guided, every First Thursday of the month and parking is free from 5pm to 10pm!

Check out to learn more about the event and how to obtain free parking during Art Walk.
Looking for more to do? Browse our calendar of events for more entertainment and events in the neighborhood in August.
For Neighborhood Businesses

With the Sounders FC, OL Reign and Mariners seasons underway and the upcoming Seahawks preseason, August will see plenty of foot traffic coming and going from the south end of the district. 

To better inform business operations on game and event days, follow this link to the Lumen Field and Event CenterWAMU Theater and T-Mobile Park event calendar for August.

Please note, multiple events have been scheduled for the followings dates:
  • Saturday, August 6th: Seahawks Mock Game @ 2:30pm
Mariners vs. LA Angels @ 1:10pm
Mariners vs. LA Angels 7:10pm 

  • Sunday, August 7th: OL Reign vs. Houston Dash @ 3pm
Mariners vs. LA Angels @ 1:10pm

  • Sunday, August 14th: Sounders FC vs. Salt Lake @ 7pm 
OL Reign vs. NY/NJ Gotham FC @ 12pm
  • Thursday, August 25th: The Weeknd Concert @ 6:30p
Mariners vs. Washington @ 1:10pm

  •  Saturday, August 27thCarin Leon Concert @ 8pm
Mariners vs. Cleveland @ 7:10pm

  • Sunday, August 28th: Alicia Keys (Concert @ 8p
Mariners vs. Cleveland @ 1:10pm
Pioneer Square Ad
at SEA International Airport Transit Station

The Alliance for Pioneer Square’s has a new neighborhood ad located at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Link Light Rail Station. 

The ad's key tourism message highlights Pioneer Square Seattle as a historic, vibrant and welcoming neighborhood with easy access to the city's most popular attractions via public transit.

Make sure to check it out on your next trip through SEATAC, now until the end of September. Project made possible by the Port of Seattle through the Tourism Spotlight SEA Airport Advertising Program.
Free Parking Saturdays

Parking is free at the Butler Garage (114 James St) from 11a-8p each Saturday with proof of purchase from a neighborhood business. You can also check out the mobile-friendly website for more parking locations throughout the neighborhood.

Save with Veo BikeShare

Save $5 with code PIONEERSQ on First Thursday Artwalk with Veo, one of Seattle's new bikeshare providers.

Learn more about their class II e-bikes in Seattle here.
Monthly Staff Feature: Jordan Habenicht, Economic Development Manager
As Economic Development Director, Jordan is responsible for supporting existing nd potential businesses within Pioneer Square through economic development strategies, business recruitment, relationship building and exploring entrepreneurial programs.

This month, Jordan talks us through his first few weeks with the Alliance, what he thinks of the neighborhood so far and what he's looking forward to in the upcoming months.
The Alliance Welcomes
Erica Bush to the Team as
Public Realm Manager
The Alliance welcomes the newest member of our team, Erica Bush, to Pioneer Square. Erica has joined the Alliance as Public Realm Manager as of August 2022.

Erica Bush is an urban designer and artist who has worked on many public-realm projects in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in the San Francisco and Hawaii. She holds a BA in Art, Political Science and Sociology from The New School as well as dual Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.

Erica is passionate about creating beautiful, healthy, and sustainable environments that inspire spending more time outdoors. Welcome to the team, Erica!
UPDATE: Northeast Pioneer Square
Framework Plan
The Northeast Pioneer Square (NEPSQ) Framework, developed in coordination with a steering committee of community members throughout 2021, is close to being finalized. This framework plan represents a snapshot in time and reflects the community’s commitment to recover and transform. Existing and future residents, businesses, property owners, service providers and City and County governments all have a role in moving this framework plan forward.

Over the last decade, these entities have engaged in planning processes which converge in this area and major projects are already beginning to alter the urban fabric. Many stakeholders involved in this framework plan are also involved in the implementation of these projects – most notably, future planning for the King County Campus Master Plan, redesigning 3rd Avenue S. and developing a new vision for City Hall Park. Using this framework plan, these projects can continue to share common community goals and objectives.

In 2022, the Stakeholder Committee will work on a Retail Plan for Northeast Pioneer Square to understand where ground-floor business opportunities might exist for missing retail and services to support the local population. Learn more the about NEPSQ Framework Plan here.
Apply Now: Pioneer Square Façade Improvement Fund
Earlier this year, the Alliance for Pioneer Square announced another round of funding through the Façade Improvement Fund, providing financial support to Pioneer Square business and property owners who embark on projects to improve the overall appearance of their building facades and storefronts. Here is a look at some of the projects that have been funded and completed so far.
Yellow Butterfly Coffee.
501 3rd Ave
Foster/White Gallery
220 3rd Ave S #100
Applications are still open to properties and businesses within the Pioneer Square District boundaries. For program eligibility, frequently asked questions and how to apply, visit the Alliance for Pioneer Square website. If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to 

Funding for the Façade Improvement Fund is made possible by Historic South Downtown and the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development.

Pioneer Square Social Media
Takeover Program
Neighborhood Discounts and Specials
Each Friday, we give neighborhood businesses and organizations the opportunity to share a series of photo and video content to the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s social media channels via stories, feed posts and live video updates, for the entire day.

Fill out the Google Form to get started with the process or email our Marketing Manager, Thembela Mavuso at if you have any questions.
With several larger employers bringing back their workforce to Pioneer Square after nearly two years of remote work, we want to give your staff a warm welcome!

The Alliance has created a web page and a one page document for the returning upper floor office staff to make the transition back to the office as seamless as possible. In addition to providing returning workers with information on how to engage with the neighborhood and shop local, we are also rounding up neighborhood retailers’ discounts or specials for upper floor folks.

If your staff need additional resources to support their return to work, please contact us at
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Waterfront Seattle Construction Ongoing on New Alaskan Way

Waterfront Seattle continues building the new Alaskan Way.

Earlier this year, Waterfront Seattle completed installing new roadway markings on the east side of Alaskan Way, allowing King County Metro buses to begin using the new northbound transit lane. King County Metro has opened two new bus stops, one northbound and one southbound, on Alaskan Way S near S Jackson St. New bus shelters will be added to the new bus stops this summer.

The Waterfront Seattle Program construction has contributed to building the foundations (including concrete and electrical infrastructure) needed for these new bus stops and transit lanes on Alaskan Way S, between S King and Columbia streets. Head to Waterfront Seattle's website for more information and to sign up for email updates. Text "WFSCN" to 474747 to receive text updates. You may also contact Waterfront Seattle via email or by phone at (206) 499-8040.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s
New Connection on Railroad Way Underway

Work is now underway on the final project of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, which will turn Railroad Way into a pedestrian-oriented plaza and make other significant improvements near the south end of the State Route 99 Tunnel.

A few months ago, the work zone on First Avenue South shifted toward the east curb lane. Crews placed gravel and temporary asphalt in the middle of First Avenue South, between South Royal Brougham Way and South Dearborn Street. The northbound travel lanes will be shifted west, atop this temporary asphalt, so crews can begin work on the eastern edge of the street.

Crews will eventually remove this asphalt and pour concrete in its place, but this temporary condition will keep traffic moving on First Avenue South while crews advance work on the east side of the street. This new work will take place south of the First Avenue South / Railroad Way South intersection, which will remain in its current configuration for the time being.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation expect to complete construction in 2023.
Pioneer Square
Areaways Program

SDOT recently completed safety inspections of the Pioneer Square areaways. Curb lane restrictions will remain in place while SDOT continues to monitor, evaluate and strengthen the areaway street walls throughout Pioneer Square. 

For more information, please visit the SDOT Areaways webpage or contact the SDOT Areaways team at or 206-684-3760.  
Metropole Building Construction Updates

In 2019, Satterberg Foundation, a Seattle-based family foundation, purchased the historic Metropole Building, located at 423 2nd Ave Extension S. The primary motivation of this purchase was to provide centrally located, long-term office space for non-profit organizations committed to serving communities of color in response to social and environmental needs and challenges.

Crews began demolition on the project in late April and the estimated timeframe for renovations is 18 months. The re-design and renovation of the building has been curated with the careful consideration of the current and future needs of the community and will adhere to the highest sustainability standards including LEED Platinum Certification and compliance with the Seattle 2030 District Goals. The building will feature a childcare center, rooftop community event space, conference meeting space, community kitchen and office space for nonprofit organizations. Visit here for more information.

Currently Satterberg is looking for a nonprofit art organization to hold classes, sell art and utilize the ground floor space. The foundation is also looking for nonprofit BIPOC organizations to rent office space on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Please reach out to Kendra for more information at
Visit The Alliance for Pioneer Square’s website for an interactive project map and up to date information on of current and future public realm projects.
Business News and Updates
COVID-19 Resources for Pioneer Square Small Business

The Alliance for Pioneer Square recognizes the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on Seattle’s small business community. We have compiled a series of resources intended to assist small business owners, managers and employees minimize the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on themselves and their community. We will revise this and all associated pages with more information as it becomes available- please check back for updates.

Stay Engaged!
Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square Facebook page communicates resident and business owner specific news/information to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page.

Pioneer Square Business Owners and Managers Facebook page: The Pioneer Square Business Owners & Managers Facebook group is a private platform providing business owners and managers in the neighborhood the opportunity to connect, ask questions and share support among one another while collectively navigating the current health crisis and resulting economic challenges. Request to join the group here.
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