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An Evening with Peter Ker Walker: The Making of Seattle's Largest Public Park
An Evening with Peter Ker Walker: The Making of Seattle's Largest Public Park
WhenTuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus roomArch Hall 147
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDiscovery Park Trust
Friends of Discovery Park
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Seattle Audubon
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
University of Washington - Dept. of Landscape Architecture
National Park Service
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Seattle Parks Foundation
American Society of Landscape Architects - WA Chapter

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 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: its rich history, current role in the City’s parks system, and exciting future. Topics will include the formative years and guiding vision, how we choose to value open space land simply for what it is, and a 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 scientifically proven, an echo of John Muir has suggested that everyone has an innate “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

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, (via video)
US National Park Service, Yosemite National Park Ranger, Author and Poet

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This event will provide 1.5 LA/CES Professional Development Hours.
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