WSDOT is preparing to build a new Roanoke lid over SR 520 between 10th Avenue East on the west and Delmar Drive East on the east. The lid will reconnect the neighborhoods to the north and south of SR 520 with community open space and connections to the city of Seattle’s bicycle and pedestrian network. WSDOT developed the initial concept for the lid during the 2011-2012 Seattle Community Design Process.
The SR 520 design team has refined the previous design concept to provide new viewpoints and outlooks, improve trail connections, and create a safer north-south connection over SR 520.
The following material was discussed at this summer’s community stakeholder workshops. Much of the information reflects feedback workshop participants and visitors to the online open house provided. Please use this website’s Feedback page to send us any additional comments you may have.
Current design concept (2019)
Key themes: Roanoke lid open space
The information below, reflecting the feedback of workshop participants and visitors to the online open house, was shared at the Sept. 12 community stakeholder workshop.
How participants would use the Roanoke lid’s open space
- Walking, dog walking, relaxing, throwing Frisbee
- Scenic views
Planting character that resonates with participants
- Balance dense plantings for privacy with more open plantings to improve sightlines and viewpoints (advanced to conceptual design)
Participants’ priorities for lid viewpoints, and why
- 10th Avenue East viewpoints – buffered from the highway and provide access to business district (advanced to conceptual design)
- Federal Avenue viewpoint – connects to the neighborhood and provides unique views (advanced to conceptual design)
- Bagley viewpoint – important to incorporate its historic characteristics in new design (advanced to conceptual design)
Other discussion points
- Provide water fountains (advanced to conceptual design)
- Provide restrooms on the lid (explored, not feasible)
- Interest in off-leash dog park (explored, not feasible)
Workshop #1, July 11:
Roanoke lid “look and feel”
The materials below were shared with participants at the July 11 community stakeholder workshop.
- General size and footprint of the lid (approximately 3 acres of open space area)
- The lid is planned to be a passive space for unprogrammed recreational activities, such as walking, biking and taking in scenic views. The lid is not desired as a space for facilities like playgrounds and tennis courts.
- How would you use the Roanoke lid?
- Which of the park character example resonates most with you and why?
- What is the importance of vegetation screening compared with a more open feel?
- The Roanoke lid provides opportunities for
excellent views outside (outlooks), as well as views looking into the lid
- Which would you emphasize/prioritize? How would you use the viewpoints?
- Would you prefer larger, hardscaped, structured viewpoints or smaller, unstructured, landscaped areas as viewpoints?
Roanoke lid viewpoints
Roanoke lid proposed planting area
Note: Concepts and materials shown are draft ideas for discussion purposes only, and are subject to change.
Please share your feedback regarding the Roanoke Lid (e.g. urban design elements to support safe and usable neighborhood green spaces).