Back in December the Seattle Center cleared out half of the rides at the Fun Forest–those east of the Center House–to make room for new vendors and temporary installations in the 68,000 square feet of then empty space.
The private carnival ride and games concessionaire, Fun Forest Amusements LLC, has leased the two parcels of land at the Center since 1963. In the fall the rest of their lease will undergo termination, and the remaining rides, those located southeast of the Center House, will also be removed.
In the meantime, the Center has been searching for new projects and programming to incorporate into the space as part of the Century 21 Master Plan, a $570 million, 20-year investment in the revitalization of Seattle Center in celebration of the 1962 World’s Fair for which it was originally built.
The Center asked the community for proposals, and has also received a project plan for a 44,000 square foot “glass house” for a permanent Dale Chihuly exhibit. The Center is looking for an exhibit that draws crowds to the campus and emphasizes community engagement. In a press release today the Center clarified its goal:
The Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan, which sets the framework for future development on the campus, calls for campus design that draws visitors to the center of the grounds and emphasizes flexibility, vibrancy and artistic expression. While the plan was adopted by the Seattle City Council in 2008, it lacks the necessary public funding, and so Seattle Center must consider interim activities and amenities to fill the vacated areas.
The Center would like community input on the proposed projects, and will be hosting a public meeting on potential future uses for the former Fun Forest space at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 in the Center House Conference Room A. Those interested are invited to participant and will have an opportunity for public comment.
Please join Seattle Center to learn more about potential future uses of the former Fun Forest areas and share your thoughts and ideas on creating engaging activities and amenities that fulfill the mission of Seattle Center to “delight and inspire the human spirit in each individual and bring together our rich and varied community.”
Those who would like to submit comments before the meeting, may email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Seattle Center, c/o Customer Service, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.