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Seattle Center 2000 Plan

Following the failed 1988 Disney Plan, Seattle City Council and community activists regrouped to create the Seattle Center 2000 Master Plan. City Council adopted it on July 23, 1990 following an extensive two-year public involvement process.

The Seattle Center 2000 Plan was conceptual, intended to be a flexible guide to the future redevelopment of Seattle Center based on a set of community-developed principles and goals. It called for enhancing the central green space near International Fountain, upgrading existing facilities, and building new ones. Out of it came the Seattle Center Theatre District Master Plan calling for redevelopment of eight blocks of performance and entertainment venues on the north edge of Seattle Center.

City support for projects contained in the 2000 Plan came from the citywide voter-approved “Seattle Center and Community Center” levy of 1991, which allocated funding for capital improvements at Seattle Center and five new community centers in Seattle. The levy revenue was used strategically to leverage additional public and private investment. Between 1990 and 2012, $760 million was invested on the campus, with over $460 million raised from private sources.

The Plan was updated a number of times to include new projects; and in the end, partially funded renovation of the Opera House (now Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, opened in 2003), replacement of the Flag Pavilion (now Fisher Pavilion, completed in 2002), a reimagining of International Fountain (completed in 1995), schematic design for the Seattle Center Theatre District, and the completion of additional public and private funded improvements on the campus.

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International Fountain, 4-26-14

About Seattle Center: 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.