Many thanks to everyone who submitted their photos, artwork and artpieces for our slide show! It is fabulous to see how our natural environment inspires us and what elements, in particular, draw our eye and mind to attention. We hope you enjoy this slide show presentation, in honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary.
We also encourage each of you to take part in “Voices Carry,” a project being created by Earth Day NW: https://earthdaynw2020.org/voicescarry/ You can add your own message and ideas for change in order to better protect our environment. In the words of Kristi England, executive director of Earth Day Northwest 2020: “In supporting this campaign, you will encourage thousands to get involved, and share their own unique visions of how they want to see the future unfold.”
We hope also that your thoughts and intentions this Earth Day include ways to continue preserving Seattle’s natural open spaces and parks, including our Olmsted system that first established this open space network.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share at #parkmemories. And keep your eyes peeled for the final display!
Deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 18. Digital submissions only, please. Multiple submissions are encouraged, but each submission must be formatted to be presentable as a single page/slide.