Effective immediately, Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Seattle Center Monorail has suspended service. Events restrictions on the grounds are in place. Please consult our 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. The City will put the project out to bid in January, with a goal of opening the new skate plaza next summer. Scroll down to the blue Skate Park Documents box below to download the Design Commission Presentation and other relevant project documents.
Staff is working with the artists who created several features of the Artists at Play playground on a contract to replace missing/broken components. Work is anticipated to commence late May. Impacts to playground access should be minimal.
New ADA compliant hardware is being installed in the Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, the Vera Project, parking facilities, and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Seattle Center Park Maintenance Facility
The former Next 50 Pavilion interior work was completed in 2018 and staff from Park Place relocated into the new facility, renamed Center Park. During 2nd Quarter of 2019, a new fence will be installed, and a contractor will complete construction of a canopy for vehicle and equipment storage.