The Orenco Station plaza provides a vibrant gathering place for the residents with restaurants and coffee shops spilling onto the space. The plaza includes a water feature, lighting, moveable site furniture, elevated boardwalks with seating under mature oak trees, art, and a shade structure. Several pockets of green are designed in to provide shade, seasonal color and contrast to the surrounding hard structures.
The plaza is intended to create a flexible space allowing opportunities for the community to gather. Various programs such as food & farm festivals, beer & wine tastings, international festivals, holiday markets, and small scale concerts are envisioned. The construction has begun and the expected opening is late summer/early fall 2015. The mature oak trees in the south and east were incorporated into the design.
Nationally known Seattle artist Beliz Brother was commissioned to create the artwork. She designed an overhead installation of blossom shapes. Suspended on cables, the plum blossom shapes will have subtle lighting at night and will mark the entrance to the plaza from 231st Avenue. Motifs from the overhead design will be etched into the glass of the bus shelter and installed in late spring 2015.