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A Memorable Enterprise: The AYPE and the City of Seattle

University Park

exposition grounds
Exposition grounds

The University of Washington was appreciative of the City's support for the Exposition. The Board of Park Commissioners noted in its minutes that it received a letter from the Board of Regents extending thanks for "the efficient manner and friendly spirit manifested in the care of the portion of the campus cared for by the board during the past summer. This being the site of the A.Y.P. Exposition."

For years after the close of AYPE, the Seattle Parks Department leased the property from the University and maintained the grounds. The 1912 Parks Department annual report stated, "While a great many of the Exposition buildings have been removed the beautiful landscape work was not impaired to any appreciable degree, and the tract is a valuable adjunct to the park system of the city." About 60 acres in size, University Park could be reached by University street cars on Third Avenue.

The Regents of the University of Washington assumed maintenance of the grounds in April 1915. Bursar H. T. Condon thanked the Board of Park Commissioners for its "cooperation and assistance in connection with the maintenance of these grounds during the past five years."

With the University's assumption of the maintenance of the Exposition property, the City's involvement with the AYPE ended. Although the anticipated influx of people and the anticipated stimulus to economic growth did not materialize as a result of the Exposition, the City and others counted AYPE as a success. Traffic was handled well, the boulevard system was completed in time for visitors to enjoy the scenery, and the police ably protected "the lives and property of the citizens and visitors during the Exposition." The University benefited by the expansion of its campus. Permanent benefits for the city included many additional miles of streetcar tracks, additional fire alarm boxes, a boulevard system, and a statue of William Seward.

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