The Yesler Hillclimb along 10th Ave S is now open for use. The Hillclimb is a new outdoor pedestrian thoroughfare that connects the neighborhoods of First Hill, Yesler, Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon. It was created by the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) as part of the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. The Hillclimb is open for all residents, neighbors and the public to enjoy.
This new pathway along 10th Ave S from S Main Street to S Jackson Street provides a means for people who live and work in the area to travel on-foot to a wide array of businesses, transit options, cultural amenities, recreational sites and social services that exist within the adjacent neighborhoods. It is also a destination in itself, featuring beautiful mosaic medallions along the route and south-facing views of Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay.
- Wheelchair accessible ramp (From bottom to top of HillClimb only at this time. Future construction will allow full accessibility towards Harborview Hospital)
- 24-hour low-glare lighting
- Gathering plaza
- 25 colorful glass mosaic medallions
- A runnel to easily push bicycles up the staircase
- Lush landscaping
- Seating at various levels
The Hillclimb features beautiful mosaic medallions along the route, created by artist Mauricio Robalino who engaged Yesler neighbors in design concepts that represent the past, present and future of Yesler. In every medallion a raven is present in the scene. The 25 medallions depict the raven’s observations as it flies through the neighborhood, observing the people, landscape, animals and transformation of the neighborhood. One of the medallions includes the welcoming figure of the Duwamish Tribe to pay respect to the first settlers of this area. Robalino incorporated more than 100 glass mosaic pieces created by community members during five art workshops open to the public.