An organized group is lobbying to convert part of the park into an arts campus. We oppose such a drastic change to the park’s current use and purpose as a natural area park. Please help us by signing and sharing the Friends of Discovery Park petition, and/or by writing the City Council and the interim Mayor Tim Burgess to show your support for protecting Discovery Park and preserving its current use and purpose as a natural area park.
Read our letter opposing the proposed Music & Arts Center at Fort Lawton…
From the Friends of Discovery Park, a detailed objection to the proposal can be found here.
About Discovery Park
“Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams. The role of Discovery Park is to provide an open space of quiet and tranquility away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, as well as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. Maintained in its semi-natural condition the park will continue to offer a biologically rich and diverse natural area for urban dwellers and an unmatched opportunity for environmental education.” – from Mayor Tim Burgess
“Although the park was conceived as an “open space of quiet and tranquility,” a recent proposal would install an expansive arts campus at its center, one intended to host year-round musical concerts and initially planned to include a new 600-seat auditorium. Although with the best of intentions, that proposal fails to recognize that the park is not an empty space waiting to be filled: it is already fulfilling its role as a destination for those seeking the “rejuvenation which quiet and solitude and an intimate contact with nature can bring.” -from Open Season on Open Space, “focuses on nationally significant cultural landscapes, large and small, throughout the United States. The sites, some of which are protected under the Antiquities Act, are threatened by confiscation, development, energy and resource extraction, and other incompatible uses.”
Why are we opposed to the proposal to use Discovery Park as an arts campus?
We oppose the proposal because it seeks to change not only a City Ordinance for use of Historic Buildings, but also to change the Discovery Park Master Plan. Discovery Park exists as a peaceful place of natural beauty only because the citizens of Seattle demanded it. In 1975, the people rejected a proposal to convert Discovery Park into an 18-hole golf course. Unlike most Pacific Northwest Cities, including Portland, Vancouver BC, and Tacoma, Seattle has very few acres preserved in a naturalistic state. We must keep what we have, for future generations to enjoy.
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Thank you for calling this to our attention. I knew nothing about this ill-advised proposal. I submitted my comments.
Hello! I signed and shared the petition re Discovery Park, and I also emailed the City Council. Was it the Nature Alliance that sponsored the recent mayoral candidates’ discussion about environmental issues? I believe the discussion took place in the boathouse. I was planning to attend, but at the last minute wasn’t able to. Can you send me and other interested parties a very short summary of the discussion? Bottom line: Which of the two candidates seemed sincerely concerned about environmental issues, especially preserving and NOT exploiting/developing natural areas?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, Arlene Roth
On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 9:59 AM, Seattle Nature Alliance wrote:
> Denise posted: “An organized group is lobbying to convert park of the park > into an arts campus. We oppose such a drastic change to the park’s current > use and purpose as a natural area park. Please help us by signing and > sharing this petition, and/or by writing the City C” >
Regarding the recent Candidate Forum, we are getting ready to send our October mailing which will have a summary of the forum.
Leave Discovery Park as a undeveloped, natural space—no buildings, not even an art center.
Don’t develop this park