Effective immediately, Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Events restrictions on the grounds are in place. Please consult our events calendar and safety page for additional information.
Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our City, region and country, and to align with City of Seattle Special Event Permit restrictions, Seattle Center has determined the need to cancel major events on the grounds through Labor Day. Seattle Center is currently accepting applications and bookings for events taking place after September 7.
Construction of the new Seattle Center Skate Plaza has been suspended temporarily due to proposed construction expenses outside the scope of the project budget. Project plan revisions anticipate construction completion by spring 2021.
Seattle Center’s skatepark, known to local skaters as "SeaSk8," was the product of years of collaboration between the City of Seattle and Seattle's skateboarding community. SeaSk8 was closed in October 2018 and was demolished as part of the renovation of the New Arena at Seattle Center. We said our goodbyes with a closing celebration and final skate session with games and prizes for skaters of all ages. In partnership with Skate Like A Girl and the Seattle Center Skatepark Coalition, we are planning a new Skate Plaza that will add variety to the citywide skatepark network. This project will transform a former road -- a portion of Broad Street across the street from Seattle Center that has been closed to cars since 2014 – into an active community space. The City’s recently approved plan to Redefine Thomas Street will greatly contribute to making the skate plaza a safe and welcoming place.
Our team took your input from the first and second public open houses, more than 350 survey responses, and conversations we had with you in person at community meetings, tournaments and skateboarding workshops. The new Seattle Center Skate Plaza is designed for street-style skateboarding, with a focus on providing flexible space for beginner-level skateboarders to learn and practice skills. Because the site connects to a public alleyway, the skate plaza design is divided into two skate spaces, connected by a sidewalk. In the future, if new development makes it possible to close the alley, we plan to connect the two sides into one continuous space. Local artist Perri Howard is also helping us re-install the original artwork she created for SeaSk8 – including a glass wallride -- in this new location. Click here to download the design presentation approved by the Seattle Design Commission in August. We are looking forward to revising our plans and opening the Skate Plaza in spring 2021. Visit Skate Like A Girl’s website for more info to come about skate camps and other events!