Discovery Park, with its magnificent vistas, the stretches of tidal beaches, the stands of native trees, the meadowlands—all combine to make this site, its potential is bounded only by the vision and resolution of those into whose hands it is entrusted. – Discovery Park Master Plan 1972
Our region’s largest naturalistic public park, Discovery Park, affords the indispensable ingredients for a healthy human and wildlife flourishing humane wilderness environment within an urban city. Equanimity, health and introspection all thrive here. Please join Peter Ker Walker and a select invitation of panelists as they discuss Seattle’s largest public park. Topics will include the formative years and guiding vision, current state of the park and its role in Seattle’s parks system. We will learn about Discovery’s rich history, how we choose to value open space land simply for what it is, and we will look towards the future as we work together to create a world-class park for the 21st century.
John Muir argued that everyone is born with an inner bond to nature. Though still to be proven scientifically it has been suggested, in an echo to John Muir, that everyone has an in-born “biophilia” or love of nature and natural things.
That certainty and truth is within each of us, when we visit Discovery Park.
Select speakers and panelists include:
Peter Ker Walker, Landscape Architect and co-author of the Discovery Park Master Plan
Christopher Williams, Deputy Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Thaisa Way, UW Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Built Environments, urban landscape historian, theory, and design
Jourdan Keith, Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project,
Peter Kahn, UW Professor, Department of Psychology and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, nature, technology, and human development
Randy Lewis, United Indians of All Tribes, Board Member and Founder, Daybreak Star Cultural Center
Shelton Johnson, Yosemite National Park Ranger and Interpretative Guide, Author and Poet
Warren Etheredge, Host for the evening, Founder of the Warren Report, cultural conversationalist, interviewer, film analyst, writer, and mentor to screenwriters.
"There are many people who look to nature for meaning and order, peace and tranquility, introspection and stimulus. Many more look to nature and activity in the outdoors as the road to restoration and health. However, there are multitudes alive today for whom the cherished scene of their forefathers or their childhood has been shifted in the name of progress. We need nature as much in the city as in the countryside. In order to endure we must maintain the bounty of our inheritance.
It is not a choice of either the city or the countryside: both are essential, but today it is nature, beleaguered in the country, too scarce in the city which has become precious."
A quote from Design with Nature by Ian McHarg
Please join us for an evening full of history, the environment, and more!
|May 23rd, 2017 at 6:30 PM||University of Washington’s Architecture Hall|