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 beginning construction in early spring and opening the Skate Plaza in summer 2020. Visit Skate Like A Girl’s website for more info to come about skate camps and other events!