Cultural Planning

Cultural Plan Implementation Update for City Council, May 17, 2016

First adopted by City Council in 1995, and updated most recently in 2014, the Community Cultural Plan serves as a blueprint to position cultural resources as community and economic building blocks. Originally produced by the Edmonds Arts Commission in partnership with the Edmonds Arts Festival/Foundation, the plan is a direct result of the community’s ongoing commitment to and participation in the arts. The CCP is an element of the City Comprehensive Plan; aspects of cultural planning are also included in the PROS (Parks Plan) and the Streetscape Plan.  In addition to the Community Cultural Plan, the Arts Commission has worked on planning for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor and SR 99 International District Enhancements projects.  To be involved in implementation efforts email

You can find out more about these plans by clicking on the following links:

          -Community Cultural Plan (adopted 2014)

          -2014 Community Cultural Plan Strategies

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Cultural Planning

SR 99 International District Enhancements

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The SR 99 Project Dedication took place on January 31st, 2014, after the project was completed in late 2013.  The project includes 14 new large light standards with pedestrian lights on the east side and 8 pedestrian lights on the west side of SR 99, all with banner signage to identify the Edmonds International District. Seattle artist Pam Beyette created “Eight Paths of Light” which includes seven pedestrian lights in the shape of lanterns and a stand-alone piece on the traffic island at 76th. The Phase 1 and 2 Illumination project was funded by Federal Highway Enhancements grants. Phase 3 will include new light standards and banners in the Health Care District to the north on SR 99.

The SR 99 International District Enhancement Project is featured in the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's Public Roads 2012 May/June Report. In 2004, the City had an enhancement study (3.2MB ARgif2) and accompanying market analysis (3.9MB ARgif2) completed by the firms Makers and Berk & Associates to assess design and economic issues relevant to business growth along the Highway 99 corridor in Edmonds. A key recommendation from these reports was to build on the burgeoning cluster of international businesses, largely anchored by the Ranch 99 supermarket, BooHan plaza, and other specialty plazas. The International District area is located approximately between 238th and 224th on SR99.

In 2005, the City Economic Development Director worked with Engineering and Cultural Services to apply for a federal Transportation Enhancements grant. $316,000 was awarded in 2006 and in mid 2006 the Cultural Services Manager began implementation of the grant project. The goal is to help strengthen the International District identity through improving visual identity/aesthetics and pedestrian comfort with new gateway elements including new artist made pedestrian level lighting, new district identification signage on custom light poles, resurfacing of the island at 76th and the addition of a solar lit sculptural piece on the island as part of the gateway. Additional funding of $57,000 was awarded in 2008 and the project was expanded in 2011 with an additional grant of $289,000 secured by the City, for a total construction budget of $662,000 in Federal funds.  The artist was selected through a competitive process facilitated by Cultural Services and the Edmonds Arts Commission. Seattle artist Pam Beyette was selected to design and fabricate pedestrian lighting arms and a stand alone sculptural piece. The graphic district identification signage was designed by FORMA.

For more information contact Frances Chapin frances.chapin@edmondswa.govProject Summary

4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

The original idea for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor emerged in 2003-4 when Parks, the Arts Commission, and Planning Board were all looking at ways that the proposed Edmonds Center for the Arts facility could be better linked to downtown retail shops, restaurants and services.

The Planning Board subsequently integrated that initial concept into their downtown / waterfront activity center planning — part of the land use element of the city's comprehensive plan (7MB Acrobat Reader PDF icon.).

In 2005-6 the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service Department undertook an update of the Urban Design Plan and renamed it the Streetscape Plan. Managed by the Cultural Services Manager, the 2006 Streetscape Plan update included new appendices, one of which was the 4th Avenue Arts Corridor concept plan developed by CREA.

In 2007 the City received a matching grant for $50,000 from the National Park Service's Preserve America program, and contracted with SvR Design to further develop the ideas for the 4th Avenue corridor. Renamed the "4th Avenue Cultural Corridor," the new plan elaborated on the earlier design concepts and resulted in the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor Implementation and Funding Plan which was adopted in 2009.