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Parks and boulevards for the next 100 years

By LEE COPELAND MithunParks and open spaces are an integral part of the experience and quality of living in Seattle. The integration of nature with our lives in our urban environment is a biological necessity contributing to our healthy well being.

From Greek and Etrusian times to the present, planners have included parks and open spaces as key ingredients for vital cities. Our new Olympic Sculpture Park and Millennium Park in Chicago are two outstanding 21st century examples of the continuing realization of this need and desire.

In 1902, civic leaders demonstrated their desire to make Seattle a beautiful city by hiring an expert “who would arrange the plans for parks and boulevards that all work would be done in harmony with that scheme, whether done now or a hundred years from now” and “to answer the needs of a city of a half-million people.”