The Locks & Ship Canal were built over 100 years ago as a
Commercial Navigation Route to Develop the City of Seattle.
The Locks contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest locks and over 1.5 million visitors/yr come here.
However, no fees are charged to boats or visitors and funding comes from the Federal Government (not Seattle).
The budgeting process does not support actual needs and has resulted in severe underfunding (see report).
...Visitor Educational Facilities require non-profit support through donations. Fund Raising is being done by two non-profits (Discover Your Northwest and The Corps Foundation).
Design and construction oversight is provided by the Corps of Engineers and Jones & Jones Architects.