Seattle closed the downtown Waterfront Park last week after engineers discovered the pier had shifted, leaving a gap "several inches" wide.
Last Wednesday, the Department of Parks and Recreation received a report of possible shifting at the pier, between University and Pike streets.
Engineers determined that the shift was "substantial" and the park was closed.
The pier was already slated for replacement as part of the larger waterfront redesign, but a statement from the department said “natural forces have accelerated” the deterioration.
The city said engineers are inspecting the pier to understand what options are available.
Get more information from the city here.
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