Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Reports, 1894-[ongoing]  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Reports
Dates
1894-[ongoing] (inclusive)
Quantity
1.2 cubic ft., ((3 boxes))
Collection Number
1802-H6
Summary
Annual reports for the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation from 1894 to 1984.
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 encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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, 25 community centers, four municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The annual reports for the Parks Department date from 1894 to 1984; annual reports will continue to be added to the series. The series of annual reports is a subset of the CFs or Comptroller Files. Monthly reports for the years 1891 to 1894 also exist. Other Parks Department annual reports are located in the Don Sherwood Parks History Collection, the documents collection, and at the Seattle Public Library. Reports for the department of Streets, Sewers, and Parks, are located in the Streets and Sewers Department records. Included with the early reports are reports submitted by the Board of Parks Commissioners. Progress in various parks throughout the City is recorded, as well as suggestions for the Board of Park Commissioners. The hiring of a playground supervisor on an experimental basis is described in the 1907-1908 report. The 1909 report is one of the first to be published and includes photographs (including one of Pioneer Square before the installation of the comfort station), a description of progress in each park, and a report by the first supervisor of playgrounds. Later reports include maps. The 1930 report covers the years 1923 to 1930 and includes a history of the parks department and a list of Park Commissioners.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-H6. 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.

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Reports, 1894-[ongoing]Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1894
1/1
Parks Department Annual Report (Expenditures)
1894
1/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1895
1/1
Parks Department Annual Report (Expenditures)
1895
1/2
Parks Committee Annual Report
1897
1/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report: CDC Williams
1901
1/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report: Melody Choir
1901
1/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1903
1/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1904
1/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1905
1/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1907-1908
1/4
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (published and unpublished)
1909
1/5
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (published)
1910
1/5
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (unpublished)
1910
1/5
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1911
1/6
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1912
1/6
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (published and unpublished)
1913
1/7
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1914-1915
1/7
Parks Commissioners, Board of Annual Report
1916
1/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1918
1/8
Parks Department Annual Report (also includes correspondence re: Municipal Golf Course)
1921
1/9
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (published and unpublished)
1922
1/11
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (includes "Improvements for the Park System")
1924-1928
1/11
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1926
1/11
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1927
1/11
Parks Commissioners Annual Report (Financial Report)
1928
1/11
Parks Department Annual Report
1929
1/11
Parks Department Annual Report
1930
2/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1931
2/1
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1932
2/1
Parks Department Annual Report, Financial Statement
1932
2/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1933
2/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1934
2/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1935
2/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1937
2/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1938
2/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1939
2/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1941
2/2
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1942
2/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1943
2/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1944
2/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1945
2/3
Parks Commissioners Annual Report
1946
2/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1947
2/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1948
2/4
Parks Department Annual Report
1949
2/4
Parks Department Annual Report
1950
2/5
Parks Department Annual Report
1951
2/5
Parks Department Annual Report
1951
2/5
Parks Department Annual Report
1952
2/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1953
2/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1954
3/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1955
3/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1956
3/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1957
3/1
Parks Department Annual Report
1958
3/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1959
3/2
Parks Department Annual Report
1960
3/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1961
3/3
Parks Department Annual Report
1962
3/4
Parks Department Annual Report
1963
3/5
Parks Department Annual Report
1964-1965
3/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1966
3/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1967
3/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1968
3/6
Parks Department Annual Report
1969
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1970
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1971
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1973
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1974
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1975
3/7
Parks Department Annual Report
1976
3/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1979-1980
3/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1981
3/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1982
3/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1983
3/8
Parks Department Annual Report
1984
3/8
Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Report
1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Park facilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Playgrounds--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Urban parks--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Maps
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks (creator)
    • Seattle Wash.). Board of Park Commissioners (creator)