The Next 50 Sets OUR FUTURE WATERFRONT Event for 9/24

Big changes are coming to Seattle's downtown waterfront – a new seawall that protects the city and improves habitat, the world's largest-diameter bored tunnel to connect the city and the region, and 26 blocks of new parks, paths and public space that will reconnect Seattle to Elliott Bay. As part of The Next Fifty – a six-month celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and its legacy – Seattle Center is hosting a special event on Monday to help people envision what the future holds.

Our Future Waterfront event
Monday, Sept. 24
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Open house and model display
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Project presentation and discussion
Seattle Center Armory/Center House

During the day, explore interactive models of the State Route 99 tunnel boring machine, plans for rebuilding the Elliott Bay Seawall and the Concept Design for Seattle's Central Waterfront. In the evening, geek out on details for the Elliott Bay Seawall, SR 99 tunnel and Waterfront Seattle projects during a presentation and discussion with agency directors and industry experts.

"Updating our transportation infrastructure is part-and-parcel to the Next 50 focus, to envision future possibilities for sustainable and thriving communities locally and beyond," said Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams.

"We're proud to take part in Seattle Center's Next 50 celebration," said Linea Laird, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program administrator and head of the SR 99 Tunnel Project. "The world-class SR 99 tunnel epitomizes the legacy of our world's fair and its focus on using technology to create a better future."

If you are unable to attend, check out the SR 99 tunnel boring machine model at Milepost 31, located at 211 First Ave S. in Seattle, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information on Next 50 and Civic Action, visit or call 206 684-7200.

About Seattle Center
Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as a cultural and civic gathering place in the core of our region. In 2012, The Next Fifty at Seattle Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair and the physical legacy it left. The 74-acre campus exists to delight and inspire the human spirit in each person and bring together our rich and varied community. The 12 million visits to Seattle Center each year generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

Next 50 premier partners include: Bartell Drugs, Bill & MeLinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Grousemont Foundation, Microsoft, Seattle Center Monorail, T-Mobile, TPN (The Production Network) and World Vision. Funding and participating partners include: 206 Inc., 4Culture, City of Seattle, Global Health Nexus, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, KOMO 4 TV, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, One to the World, Safeco Insurance: A Liberty Mutual Company, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Washington Economic Development Commission.

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