A plan to replace Seattle Center's Fun Forest with a Dale Chihuly museum has been met by debate and protest.
But that hasn’t stopped Seattle Center from quietly dismantling the amusement park and using some of the land for a new Center Square. It will feature basketball hoops, a children’s garden built by the Children’s Museum, and a painted maze on asphalt.
The center is spending about $500,000 for Center Square. The money came from the settlement with the departing Seattle SuperSonics. When more money becomes available, the center hopes to build a wading pool that can be converted to an ice rink.
Meanwhile, debate over the Chihuly museum has led the center to put out a request for proposals for use of the site. Proposals are due June 4.