Santa Monica, Coney Island…Seattle? A new waterfront Ferris wheel is being erected on our own Pier 57, so by June we may have a new city landmark.
Just 103 short years ago, a Ferris wheel was put on display at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Another appeared at the Seattle Center during the 1962 Century 21 Exposition—in 2010 it looked like a Giant Seattle Wheel was going to visit town for that event’s 50th anniversary, but plans fell through. This time we don’t need a world’s fair to get a new ride.
King 5 News reports that assembly of the 175-foot wheel is taking place on a pier a few blocks from the Seattle Aquarium. The wheel will have enclosed gondolas, like those on the London Eye—and they’ll have A/C, for all those blistering summer days down on Elliott Bay. Builder Hal Griffith applied for the building permit for Pier 57 (known as Miners Landing, also home to a few seafood restaurants) in December 2011, and construction reportedly began this week.
The wheel is predicted to open in June. Since it’s just across Alaskan Way from the Seattle Met offices, you now know how the staff here will be spending our summer lunch hours.