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Record No: Res 32066    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body Central Staff
On agenda: 9/13/2022
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Discovery Park Master Plan.
Sponsors: Andrew Lewis
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Resolution 32066, 3. Affidavit of Publication


RESOLUTION __________________


A RESOLUTION celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Discovery Park Master Plan.


WHEREAS, the land encompassed by Discovery Park has spiritual and cultural significance to the Coast Salish Tribes of the Pacific Northwest; and

WHEREAS, it is important to remember and honor the fact that Seattle parks are on lands and waters of Salish Sea peoples, and to remember that Indigenous people have stewarded these lands and waters for thousands of years before the City was founded; and

WHEREAS, the land now encompassed by Discovery Park was given to the U.S. Army by the City in 1898, and was operated as an army base through much of the twentieth century; and

WHEREAS, a bill was introduced in Congress in 1965 to cede ownership of the military land to The City of Seattle, with a vision of it becoming a park; and

WHEREAS, in 1970 United Indians of All Tribes relcaimed space within Discovery Park to operate the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center following four months of organized protest; and

WHEREAS, in 1972 the original Discovery Park Master Plan was submitted to the City; and

WHEREAS, the Discovery Park Master Plan recognizes the park as a unique public asset that provides an open space of quiet and tranquility, and a taste of nature in our growing city; and

WHEREAS, Discovery Park now represents roughly ten percent of total park acreage and one-fourth of the City’s natural open spaces; and

WHEREAS, the Discovery Park Master Plan was updated in 1974 and the Discovery Park Development Plan was issued in 1986; and

WHEREAS, these documents clarify and strengthen the objectives of Discovery Park to create and preserve open space, to redevelop a natural environment within its boundaries, to attain a diversity and richness of native plant species and growth, and to ensure that wildlife within the park is accessible to all people in the region; and

WHEREAS, Discovery Park has since become home to a multitude of organizations and recreational activities that honor the objectives of the park; NOW, THEREFORE,


Section 1. The City officially celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of Discovery Park Master Plan, the communities that give life to the park, and the continued commitment to creating and protecting a space of belonging for those who wish to honor the park’s history and natural habitats preserved therein.

Adopted by the City Council the ________ day of _________________________, 2022, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its adoption this ________ day of _________________________, 2022.


President ____________ of the City Council

The Mayor concurred the ________ day of _________________________, 2022.


Bruce A. Harrell, Mayor

Filed by me this ________ day of _________________________, 2022.


Elizabeth M. Adkisson, Interim City Clerk