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Waterworks on the grounds

Did you know the first weekend of August is historically the warmest of the year in our region? The high temps give rise to thoughts of fun ways to cool down like enjoying a splash of cool, refreshing water. If you stroll the Seattle Center grounds, you’ll encounter an amazing mix of water features, big and small. Aqua-enthusiasts of all ages gravitate to International Fountain in the core of the campus. The freshly renovated silver-domed edifice features 283 water shooters and propels 9,000 gallons of re-circulated water up to 120 feet. Just north of the fountain tucked into an unassuming garden is the Fountain of Seseragi, a Japanese word for murmuring waters. Still north of that, in the Courtyard outside Cornish Playhouse is Fountain of the Northwest created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair by James Fitzgerald. North again across Mercer St is our newest water feature, an inviting splash pad at Center Steps Plaza.   

Back on the grounds, a long, shallow water feature called Underfoot meanders through Kreielsheimer Promenade just west of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, while a whirlpool of sorts called Encircled Stream, occupies Founders Court to the west of Exhibition Hall. 

Water moves in more subtle ways in Neototems II & Children’s Garden outside Seattle Children’s Theatre, where a bronze baby whale tail drips water as if taking a fresh dive. Look to the south of this garden to find a network of interactive Water Works in the Pacific Science Center Courtyard. Happy splashing! 

Seattle Center – Neototems II & Children’s Garden of bronze baby whale tail. Picture credit: Bornstein

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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.