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Call for Submissions – Earth Day

March 25 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 5:00 pm

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and Appreciation of Seattle’s Parks

 

Do you have a favorite photo, memory, or personal artwork that involves one of our Olmsted parks or boulevards, or any of our city parks? In these days of self-containment, do you find yourself growing introspective about Seattle’s striking surroundings or its colorful history? We’d love to see and hear from you!

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks is revisiting some of its springtime plans, including events to honor Earth Day 50 years after its founding. So, to mark this Anniversary, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks would like to collect and share images and mementos that celebrate Seattle’s great outdoors.

Lawton Park (photo credit: Gretchen van Etten- Semke)

 

In this time of having to reinvent how we conduct our daily lives, FSOP also remembers how our larger city environment has been reshaped and its landscapes re-purposed over many decades. Our older Olmsted parks both directed and responded to Seattle’s early development, as have more recently acquired park properties. In normal times, these outdoor spaces provide opportunities for group recreation and outdoor events, socializing, immersion into native woodland settings, distant mountain views, and scenic panoramas.  While we cannot currently partake in all these activities, we can express gratitude and appreciation for how they are made possible. We encourage everyone to share ways that Seattle’s parks are meaningful to them, in whatever medium or form is digitally suitable.

Frink Park (Seattle Municipal Archives #178408)

 

We also feel this will be a great way to connect and share happy memories with each other, particularly during this time of extraordinary containment and isolation due to coronavirus.

 

 

We will assemble entries into a slide show, which will be posted on our website and Facebook page on April 22.

So, if you have a photo, sketch, poem, musing, written piece or memory you’d like to share, please send it to fsopjen@gmail.com or to friends@seattleolmsted.org. And keep your eyes peeled for the final display!

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 18. Digital submissions only, please.

Steps to Mt. Baker Park Beach
(watercolor sketch by Virginia Newman)

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March 25 @ 8:00 am
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April 18 @ 5:00 pm
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