Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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Historic Resources Plan
Since 1884, Seattles parks system has enjoyed several periods of enthusiastic expansion. Perhaps the most influential occurred with adoption of the 1903 and 1908 plans of the OImsted Brothers, which prompted a flurry of park acquisition and development. Thanks to the labor made available by the WPA in the wake of the Great Depression, many of the envisioned buildings and structures were realized. The Forward Thrust bond, passed in 1968, and the Pro Parks levy of 2000 are more recent examples of park acquisition and development.
This robust history has left a remarkable legacy. Seattles historic park resources tell the story of the Citys growth and change. While the park system will continue to grow and change over time, it is important to recognize and protect those elements that the community values. Additionally, thanks to the Olmsted Brothers vision, Seattles parks constitute an integrated network, which magnifies their importance to the City.
Recognizing the importance of historic park resources and the threats and opportunities associated with them, this plan first describes the historic context of park development and then presents an analysis of various categories of historic resources. Finally, the plan proposes the following nine strategies for park historic resource management:
To completely address the needs of historic park resources, it is also recommended that a plan similar to this one be completed in the near future to examine more recent influences, such as Forward Thrust and Pro Parks.
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Historic Resources Plan (6.5M PDF)
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Updated May 3, 2007
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