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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

April 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Fun Forest still new to kids

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Sketched March 31, 10:49 a.m. [Click on sketch to see larger]
Seattle Center’s Fun Forest rides felt a bit dated when I first saw them, but they made a big impression on my kids. It was the first time my son drove a bumper car and my daughter loved spinning around the Snow Convoy track.
The small amusement park, which opened soon after the 1962 World’s Fair, will be fully dismantled after Labor Day and the city is considering what to do with the space. Some people advocate for more grass and open space with a playground, others are pitching a museum with Dale Chihuly’s glass art.
After many more enjoyable moments here, part of me agrees with Charles Fedd. “They are taking away family time,” he said as daughter Jaedyn, 8, waited impatiently to use up her ride tickets.
The other part of me likes the idea of a Chihuly museum, but the question is, can I make sure my kids won’t break any of the glass?

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