- Seattle (Wash). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
- Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Theatre Program Records
- 1969-1999 (inclusive)19691999
- .8 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Records concerning theater programs sponsored by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
- Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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, over two dozen community centers, five municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Records of the Department’s Performing and Visual Arts section, including correspondence, memos, grant files, schedules, flyers, press releases, reports and fact sheets, concerning operations of two theatre programs sponsored and supported by the City of Seattle. Beginning in 1969, the Bathhouse Theatre operated in a converted bathhouse at Green Lake Park, hosted several companies, presented professional and amateur productions, and provided training for younger actors. Poncho Theatre, located near the entrance of Woodland Park Zoo, opened in 1971 under zoo management and in 1975 became a professional theatre for the theatre arts education of children, young adults and their families. Also included are records of the Drama Board of the Bathhouse Theatre and Poncho Theatre Advisory Council, including minutes, correspondence, budgets and organizational documents.
For related records documenting the administration of the Performing and Visual Arts Program, see record series 5807-14.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item and date], Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Theatre Program Records , Record Series 5807-15. 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.
Bathhouse Theatre, 1975-1999Return to Top
Bathhouse Backstage Newsletter
Brochures and Flyers
Proposal For Sponsorship
Drama Board of the Bathhouse Theatre, 1969-1982Return to Top
Constitution and Bylaws
Poncho Theatre, 1975-1985Return to Top
Attendance and Vending Machine Sales
Correspondence, John Chambless
Correspondence and Weekly Reports, Richard Kalinoski and Staff
Music, Film, etc. Events
Poncho Post (Newsletter)
Poncho Theatre / Seattle Children's Theatre
Poncho Theatre Advisory Council, 1975-1982Return to Top
School Study Guides
Minutes and Correspondence
Minutes, Financial Reports and Correspondence
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Children’s theater--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Theater--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Chambless, John
- Seattle Children’s Theatre
- Bathhouse Theatre
- PONCHO (Organization : Seattle, Wash.). Theatre
- Seattle (Wash.)
- Kalinoski, Richard (creator)