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Governance

Pike Place Market is a nine-acre historic district that encompasses Seattle’s beloved public marketplace, its historic buildings, and the Pike Place neighborhood, comprised of literally hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, small businesses and residents.

The Pike Place Market has been an institution of Seattle for more than a century. Community members and Market supporters fought to preserve and save the Market when it was threatened with Urban Renewal in the 1960s. In 1971, Seattle citizens voted to create a Pike Place Market Historic District and the Market Historic Commission to preserve its physical and social character as “the soul of Seattle.” The Historic Commission continues to provide guidelines and regulatory oversight of the buildings and all activities within the district.

The majority of the Market is owned and managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit organization chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973. The Charter requires the PDA to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market's buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for low-income people.

The PDA has a twelve-member council.  Four members are appointed by the mayor, four by the Council itself, and four are elected by the Market Constituency.

The Pike Place PDA constituency ensures continuing public participation in the process of the restoration and future management of the Market.  Any Washington State resident aged 16 and up can be a member of the Pike Place constituency. The annual membership fee is $1.

Learn more about the organizations that play a role in the management of Seattle’s historic public market place by visiting their individual pages.