Recreation: Big Wheel


If all goes according to plan, Great Western Pacific Inc., owner of Pier 57 on the Seattle waterfront, will unveil its 175-foot-high Ferris wheel on June 28. The new attraction, announced nearly two years ago by Great Western Pacific President Hal Griffith, will feature 42 climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas offering 360-degree views of Seattle, Elliott Bay and beyond (on a good day, anyway). The wheel, made by Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas, will do about 1.5 turns every minute. Hours and prices TBD, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way