Fun Forest Activation RFP

Seattle Center seeks proposals for projects/programs that will activate a 68,000 square foot outdoor space vacated by Fun Forest rides. Click on the hyperlink for full details.

Seattle Center today issued a special Request for Proposals (RFP) to activate 68,000 square feet of outdoor space made vacant by the departure of Fun Forest amusement rides north of the Seattle Center Monorail station. Seattle Center, a City of Seattle department, will consider a broad range of proposals for temporary new attractions and events that serve to enliven the space in keeping with the mission of the department and the aspirations of the Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan.  

Seattle Center will accept proposals for revenue generating activities as well as free or affordable public programming. The space could be used for single or series of events and seasonal or ongoing activities. More than one activity could take place simultaneously. It is essential that the activation furthers the mission of Seattle Center, to delight and inspire the spirit in each individual and bring together our rich and varied community. Selection criteria will include a proponent’s demonstrated ability to fund, implement, operate and market the proposal.

The selected proposals will occupy the space during the period of May 2010 to Dec. 2011. In Jan. 2012, Seattle Center will begin preparing its facilities and grounds, including the Fun Forest area, for the six-month celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. 

The Fun Forest North area, a relatively level, open space with an asphalt surface, is located to the east of Center House and west of the Experience Music Project I Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.  Fun Forest Amusements (FFA), Inc. has operated the Fun Forest for 47 years.  In Jan., it will consolidate the amusement rides and continue to operate the Fun Forest concession in the area south of the Seattle Center Monorail station through Labor Day weekend of 2010. 

“We’re looking forward to choosing from a large selection of responses, and we hope to identify events and environments that offer new ways to bring visitors into the space,” stated Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams. “We’re looking for fun, imaginative and family-friendly activities.”

Seattle Center will cast its RFP net broadly in hopes of attracting proposals from a diverse range of proponents from across the region and beyond.  Proposals must be submitted by Jan. 11, 2010, as specified in the RFP.  Click here for a PDF of the request for proposal

To obtain additional information, see updates about the process or formally submit your proposal online, you must register at http://ebidexchange.com/seattle.  The RFP, addenda and similar announcements will be available on this website.