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.
The International Fountain will be closed for major improvements from April 6 until end of June. Seattle Monorail will also be closed April 12-30 for station renovations. We appreciate your patience.....
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:
Seattle Center is planning to modernize its campus-wide signage program. The new signs are designed to improve wayfinding and communication, unify and declutter the aesthetic of the campus, and support Seattle Center’s continued success as a year-round destination for activities and events. We published a SEPA Determination on April 5, 2021. All documents related to the SEPA analysis are available to the public and can be downloaded.
The DuPen Fountain is currently closed due to redevelopment of Climate Pledge 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.
Construction of the new Seattle Center Skate Plaza began in September 2020, and we expect to open the new facility in mid-2021. Thank you to the hundreds of people who participated in our public outreach process! Please visit the project page to learn more details about the history, design, and community input process.
The Armory exterior is being restored to highlight the façade’s original architectural characteristics. The removal of awnings on the west side of the building and a fresh new paint job (as approved by the Landmarks and Preservation Board) have been completed. Signage will also be updated.
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 Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center. These include station electrical systems, train flooring replacement, train door hardware upgrades, and station upgrades.