Seattle Aquarium Expansion Project Approved by City Council
With the viaduct out of the picture, the Seattle Waterfront continues to evolve. The ambitious project, which we have blogged about in the past, is set to transform that part of Downtown.
The latest change has to do with the beloved Seattle Aquarium, an attraction popular with locals and tourists of all ages. The Aquarium has been a landmark on the Seattle waterfront since opening its doors in 1977. An approximate 800,000 marine life enthusiast visit it every year, including thousands of students. The last expansion of the project occurred in 2007.
This month the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a $34 million-dollar renovation budget that also includes a major expansion for the Pier 59 landmark. The plan is to add a 50,000 square foot (that’s right, fifty thousand square feet!) Ocean Pavilion and a massive, 325,000 square foot shark tank, according to King 5 News. The unique design of the shark tank, which will undoubtedly draw even more visitors, calls for parts of it to be visible from outside the aquarium. The tank will house various Pacific Ocean marine life, such as sharks and stingrays.
This expansion is one of several changes coming to the Aquarium, with the overall overhaul of the space costing around $113 million. The project is set to be completed in 2023 as part of the Waterfront transformation. More information about the project can be found here.Email