Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Stewardship Unit Records, 1991-2008  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Title
Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Stewardship Unit Records
Dates
1991-2008 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.0 cubic feet, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
5807-20
Summary
The Environmental Stewardship Unit Records document the activities and programs prepared and implemented by the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator (ESC). The ESC operated among a number of Seattle area parks, as well as the aquarium.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Environmental Stewardship Unit was established in 2001 as part of the Pro Parks Levy's “Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance, and Programming” category. As part of the Levy, this program sought to enhance park maintenance, environmental awareness, and provide park programs for youth and seniors by establishing the Environmental Stewardship program. Through the Environmental Stewardship Unit (ESU), park staff increased conservation efforts and established environmental education programming and summer day camps. ESU also initiated efforts to increase recycling and use of green products.

The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains the City's parks, shorelines, and boulevards; and administers community centers, public golf courses, and other athletic and cultural facilities. Seattle's first park was established in 1884 after David Denny donated land to the City for that purpose. At that time, a three-member park committee, with limited authority, was created to manage the nascent park system. A Board of Parks Commissioners was established in 1890 with control over all public parks and authority to appoint a Parks Superintendent. In 1896, the City Charter created the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sewers and Parks. The Parks Department became a separate entity in 1904. In 1926, a City Charter amendment abolished the position of Superintendent, distributing its responsibilities between the Head Gardener and the Landscape Architect. A 1948 City Charter amendment required the Board of Park Commissioners to appoint a park superintendent to administer the department. In 1967, another City Charter Amendment reconstituted the Board as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, changed the agency name to Department of Parks and Recreation, and placed fiscal and operational administration under the superintendent. In 1902 the City hired the Olmsted Brothers, the country's premier landscape architectural firm, to design a parks and boulevards system. Although not all of the plan was implemented, the Olmsted legacy is evident in many of Seattle's parks and boulevards. The City acquired significant amounts of property for park purposes following the turn of the 20th Century, but in 1926 further acquisition was limited by a City Charter amendment that stipulated only money in the Park Fund could be used for that purpose. However, in the 1970s the Forward Thrust Bond issue, along with federal grants and the Seattle Model City Program, supported the largest expansion of the Park system in Seattle history. These programs funded more than 70 new parks and park facilities. The Department manages over 6,000 acres of park land, over two dozen community centers, five municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

As the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator (ESC), Belinda Chin worked for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Environmental Stewardship Unit. The ESC coordinated with park staff, schools, community groups, consultants and interest groups to help enhance community environmental education throughout Seattle parks and the Aquarium. As the ESC, Chin helped develop creative programs in community centers, schools, and parks; provided training opportunities; sought and applied for grants; and coordinated volunteers to implement the programs. The ESU files consists of correspondence, program training and development files, program progress reports and feedback, budget and grant information, ESU meeting agendas and notes, as well as videos and photographs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and Date] Environmental Stewardship Unit Records, Record Series 5807-20. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

5807-20:  Environmental Stewardship Unit Records, 1991-2008Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
America's Cup Team Beach Clean-Up
2002
1/2
Activities- Environmental Stewardship Unit
2003
1/3
Activities- Environmental Stewardship Unit
2003
1/4
Associated Recreation Council/ Environmental Stewardship Unit Agreement
2004
1/5
Associated Recreation Council/ Environmental Stewardship Unit Day Camp Planning
2004
1/6
Bitter Lake Shoreline Grant
2004
1/7
Bilingual Orientation Center
2001
1/8
Bilingual Orientation Center/ Connected Learning Communities
1997-2001
1/9
Connected Learning Communities
2001
1/10
Budgets, Progress Reports, Correspondence
2001-2002
1/11
Budgets, Progress Reports, Correspondence
2001-2002
1/12
Buggin' Out Program Survey Results
2004
1/13
Day Camp at Community Centers- Evaluation Results
2003-2004
1/14
Day Camp at Community Centers- Evaluation Results
2003
1/15
Day Camp Activities and Standards
2004
1/16
Day Camp Activities and Standards
2004
1/17
Day Camp Planning Task Force
2004
1/18
Day Camp Planning Task Force
2003-2004
1/19
Day Camp Planning Task Force and Feedback
2004
1/20
Day Camp Planning Task Force Standards, Trip Agendas, Calendars
2004
1/21
Day Camp Newt Kit Summaries
2003
1/22
Day Camp- Earth Keepers
2002
2/1
Environmental Management Initiative Workplans
2004
2/2
Environmental Stewards and Community Centers
2007
2/3
Environmental Stewardship Unit/ Environmental Learning Center- Programs Development and Underserved Audiences
2002
2/4
Environmental Stewardship Unit/ Environmental Learning Center Collaborative Programs
2003
2/5
Environmental Stewardship Unit/ Environmental Learning Center Task Force
2003-2005
2/6
Environmental Stewardship Unit/ Environmental Learning Center- Community Center Outreach
2004
2/7
Eye on Science Video Program
1995
2/8
Eye on Science Video Program
1995
2/9
Eye on Science Video Program Development
1995
2/10
Flyers
1999
2/11
Math and Science K-8 Workshops
1994-1995
2/12
Mobile Field Lab Program
1997-1998
2/13
Mobile Field Lab Program
1999
2/14
Mobile Field Lab Program
1997-1998
2/15
Mobile Field Lab Program
1998-1999
2/16
Mobile Field Lab Program
1998-2001
2/17
Mobile Field Lab Program- Design and Training
1997-1999
2/18
Mobile Field Lab Program- Manual and Training
1999
3/1
Mobile Field Lab Program- P. I. E. Grant
1998
3/2
Mobile Field Lab Program- Press Releases
1997
3/3
Newt Kit Log Books
2002
3/4
Puget Sound on Wheels (PSOW)- Seattle Engineering Department
1992-1994
3/5
Puget Sound on Wheels (PSOW)- Program Development
1997
3/6
Puget Sound on Wheels (PSOW)- Program Development
1996
3/7
Puget Sound on Wheels (PSOW)- Program Development
1997
3/8
Parks and Recreation/Seattle Public Library Partnership Program
2002
3/9
Parks Education and Learning Centers
2003
3/10
Programs Development
2004-2005
3/11
Programs Development
2003-2002
3/12
Programs Evaluations and Progress Reports
2000
3/13
Program Fundamentals
2000
3/14
Programs Design and Training
2001
3/15
Programs Design and Training
2000
3/16
Programs Planning
2004
3/17
Programs Training Materials
2002
3/18
ProParks Levy- Environmental Stewards Program
2000-2002
3/19
Puget Sound Youth Stewardship Program
1995
3/20
Seattle Aquarium Activities
1989
3/21
Signage Project
2004
4/1
Teacher Development Workshops
1995
4/2
Teen Naturalists Training
2006-2007
4/3
Tidelands Stewardship Training
2000-2001
4/4
Tidelands Stewardship Training
1999-2000
4/5
Volunteer Programs
1993-2000
4/6
Volunteer Program- Adopt-A-Madrona
2001
4/7
West Seattle High Environmental Science Academy Steering Committee
2002-2004
4/8
West Seattle High Environmental Science Academy Steering Committee
2002-2003
4/9
West Seattle High Environmental Science Academy Steering Committee
2002-2004
4/10
Waterworks- Aquarium
1999-2002
4/11
Waterworks- Aquarium
2000
4/12
Washington Seashore Activities
-
4/13
Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD)
1998-2001
4/14
Workplans
2004-2005
4/15
Youth Teen Development Fund Grant
2005
4/16
Mobile Field Lab Program- Photos
-
4/17
Volunteer Programs- Adopt-A-Park- Photos
1993-2000
4/18
Day Camps- Slides and Photos
2004
4/19
Puget Sound On Wheels-- Photos
1996
5/1
Interpretive Education Programs- Photos
1996
5/2
Discovery Park Interpretive Education Programs- Slides
1983-
5/3
Seattle Parks and Pike Place- Environmental Stewardship Programs- Videos
2002
5/4
Outdoor Opportunites Program- Video
2005
5/5
Salmon in the City DVD
-

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Aquariums--Seattle (Wash.)
  • Environmental education--Activity programs--Seattle (Wash.)
  • Habitat conservation--Seattle (Wash.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Chin, Belinda
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Video recordings