Seattle Center is currently operating in a limited capacity according to restrictions mandated by Washington State and the City of Seattle. Event activities and official public gatherings are currently restricted on the grounds. Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Please consult our homepage, events calendar, and safety page for additional information.
Seattle Center’s legacy of providing residents and visitors access to world-class arts, education, and recreation opportunities in a central location began in 1962 with the Century 21 World’s Fair. The Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan guides the ongoing redevelopment of the Seattle Center's 74-acre campus in response to the needs of a diverse and dynamic community. More information on the Century 21 Master Plan can be found at the bottom of the page.
As stewards of the campus, the Seattle Center department is actively working on major maintenance, capital improvements, and long-term planning projects, including:
The DuPen Fountain is currently closed due to redevelopment of the New Arena at Seattle Center. We are using this time to reimagine the DuPen Fountain. The original sculptures by Everett DuPen will return in a new plaza when the Arena re-opens. Meanwhile, check out some other artworks by the artist which were recently installed inside McCaw Hall.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who participated in our public outreach process! The design for the new public skate plaza at Seattle Center was approved by the Seattle Design Commission on August 1, 2019. Construction of the new Seattle Center Skate Plaza is anticipated by spring 2021. Scroll down to the blue Skate Park Documents box below to download the Design Commission Presentation and other relevant project documents, or visit the project page link.
The Armory exterior is being restored to highlight the façade’s original architectural characteristics. The first phase of work, scheduled for 2020, includes the removal of the awnings on the west side of the building. The Landmarks and Preservation Board has approved a new paint scheme and signage for the exterior, which is planned for the second half of 2020.
Campus ADA Improvements
New ADA compliant hardware is being installed in the Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, the Vera Project, parking facilities, and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Monorail work is being performed in anticipation of the opening of the new Arena at Seattle Center. These include station electrical systems, train flooring replacement, train door hardware upgrades, and station upgrades.