NIGHT RECEPTION AND LECTURE
Thursday, May 1, 5:30 - 9pm (included
with registration; $20 charge for guests)
us for a reception at the South Lake Union Center on the site
of South Lake Union Park. A century ago, the original plan
for a Seattle park system proposed by John Charles Olmsted recommended
that Seattle set aside land for a park at the south end of Lake
Union. Olmsted believed the proximity of the site to downtown
Seattle would provide a unique and valuable waterfront park for
the neighborhoods in Seattle's inner-urban core.
Nearly one hundred years later, in 2000 Seattle Parks and Recreation
acquired the former Naval Reserve site at South Lake Union. SPR
is currently in the process of developing the site into a 12-acre
park providing much-needed greenspace in Seattle's rapidly developing
South Lake Union neighborhood.
The reception will be held in the South Lake Union Center and
the 1922 Steamer Virginia V will be docked at the Center and open
for informal tours.
Reception cosponsored by the Canadian Consulate General
Douglas Jackson, President, Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks
John Chaney, Executive Director, Historic Seattle; Vice President,
Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks
Ron Sims, King County Executive (invited)
JANE HOLTZ KAY, "OLMSTED, NOW MORE THAN EVER"
One hundred years ago, John Charles Olmsted recognized the
extraordinary natural landscape advantages that Seattle enjoyed,
and recommended that Seattle preserve as many water views, mountain
vistas, shorelines and natural open spaces as possible for future
generations. As a result, Seattle now possesses one of the most
diverse, fully integrated and interconnected urban park systems
in the country. However, explosive growth over the last few years
in Seattle and the surrounding region has sent development creeping
up the foothills of the Cascades. Similar to other metropolitan
regions across the country, Seattle is faced with the challenges
of preserving open space, providing parks and recreation opportunities
and protecting critical wildlife habitat while accommodating growth
in increasingly dense urban areas .
Jane Holtz Kay will discuss the need to consider the Olmsted vision,
philosophy and concepts as we plan for growth in our urban and
rural areas in order to provide an interconnected and well-distributed
park and open space system to meet the needs of future generations.
Ms. Kay has broad experience in describing and analyzing the built
and natural environments. Her commentary on green issues - from
building design and preservation to land use and transportation
- appears regularly in The Nation, where she is architecture and
planning critic, as well as in such other periodicals as Preservation,
Planning, Sierra, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. She
also writes frequently for newspapers, including the Boston Globe,
the Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. She is
the author of several books, including Asphalt Nation: How the
Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back, Preserving
New England, and Lost Boston.
Lecture cosponsored by:
Historic Seattle and Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
NIGHT RECEPTION AT THE RAINIER CLUB
Friday, May 2, 6- 8pm ($25
Charles Olmsted was a guest at the Rainier Club
in downtown Seattle for many months in the early 1900s while he
worked on the plans for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition, Seattle's
first World's Fair in 1909. During his travels, J. C. Olmsted
wrote to his wife every day. Their correspondence is filled with
comments on local personalities he met, his daily activities,
the local landscapes he encountered, and sites he saw during his
Join the NAOP Board, the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks,
the Rainier Club's Literary Arts Committee and members of Seattle's
historic Rainier Club for an evening reception and a presentation
of the personal correspondence between John Charles Olmsted
and his wife, Sophie.
Also included in the evening's
festivities will be the presentation of an Olmsted Award in
recognition of significant contribution to the preservation
and expansion of parks and open space.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Cosponsored by the Rainier Club
LUNCHEON AND PLENARY SESSION:
"THE OLMSTED VISION AND THE FUTURE OF PARKS
AND OPEN SPACE"
Saturday, May 3, 12:30 - 2pm (included
with registration; $20 charge for guests)
Olmsted Vision and The Future of Parks and Open Space"
A concluding plenary presentation by local and national experts
on the Olmsted vision and the future of parks and open space in
our urban areas, with emphasis on the importance of organizing
communities and involving diverse populations in the effort to
keep our parks vital and viable in the 21st century.
Panelists will include:
Mike Houck, Founder and Executive Director of the Urban
Greenspaces Institute and Urban Naturalist with the Audubon Society
of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Tupper Thomas, President of Prospect Park Alliance and
Administrator of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York
CEREMONY AND CONFERENCE CLOSING PRESENTATIONS
AT SEATTLE PARKS FOUNDATION RECEPTION
Saturday, May 3,
5:00 - 7:00 (included
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the
the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, and local civic
leaders for a Groundbreaking Ceremony and Conference Closing Reception
in Volunteer Park.
In honor of Seattle's Olmsted Centennial, the Seattle Parks
Foundation has spearheaded the fundraising effort to restore
the Lily Ponds in Capitol Hill's Volunteer Park, the gem of Seattle's
Olmsted park system. After securing a generous donation from the
Tateuchi Foundation as well as additional grants and donations
the Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation
are set to begin the restoration process. The groundbreaking ceremony,
hosted by the Seattle Parks Foundation, will include a proclamation
by the National Association for Olmsted Parks recognizing Seattle's
Olmsted Park System, and in particular Volunteer Park, as significant
landscapes designed by the Olmsted Brothers.
The Seattle Parks Foundation has also helped fund landscape restoration
efforts based on the original Olmsted plans of the entry beds
at the main entrance to the park. A permanent Olmsted Interpretive
Exhibit is located at the top of the historic water tower in Volunteer
Park. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the
exhibit and enjoy the territorial views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic
and Cascade mountain ranges, downtown Seattle, Lake Union and
the Space Needle.
Hosted by the Seattle Parks Foundation
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