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"...what each of us does in the next two or three weeks could affect the life of this city for many, many years to come."

- Seattle Attorney Donald Voorhees, first Chairman of Friends of Discovery Park, to the citizens of Seattle in 1968

Countless groups have proposed subdivision of Discovery Park into separate uses: golf courses, correctional facilities, a music and arts campus, and more. Dedicated citizens recognized the value of this land as an open space, and it's tranquility is even more valuable today. It is up to us to preserve the vision.


Seattle’s Discovery Park is a natural refuge for people and wildlife in a crowded city. The Park’s magnificent vistas, stretches of tidal beaches, stands of native trees and abundant meadowlands all combine to make it one of surpassing beauty and serenity, establishing Seattle as one of the great cities of the world.

"It was the vast number of competing uses that dictated the need for a long-term plan in the first place." - The Seattle Times

Discovery Park is once again being threatened by inappropriate development. This time in the very heart of the park. In fact, the Master Plan states that inappropriate special activities and structures constitute, “The greatest single threat to the park” and that they must be resisted to ensure that the Park continues to be a place of natural wonder and tranquility for future generations.

Those who wish to develop a music and arts campus in the center of Discovery Park admit that their intent is to sell Seattle's largest regional park into a commercial center, no matter the cost.

We urge Seattle's Department of Parks & Recreation Superintendent, Jesús Aguirre, to not allow the development of a music and arts campus in Discovery Park.

  1. Reconfirm the Daniel Urban Kiley Discovery Park Master Plan and central purpose as an open space where residents can experience nature and escape the turmoil of the city.
  2. Ensure that future development does not threaten the integrity of Discovery Park.
  3. Reinvest in trails, ecological restoration and environmental education programs.

ACT NOW! Join the Friends of Discovery Park and other organizations to stop the development of a music and arts campus in Discovery Park!

Friends of Discovery Park: "This does not appear to be an effort with citywide benefit at its core. The website suggests that this project would 'help reduce the geographic isolation of Magnolia.' The majority of its backers are Magnolia residents. It seems to us, that this project is intended to primarily help Magnolia and its arts community, and does not therefore support the mission of the Park which is to serve as a Regional Park and provide quiet open space for all of Seattle’s residents." PDF Letter Here

League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County: "As an original member of the Citizens for Fort Lawton Park—now known as the Friends of Discovery Park—the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County has long considered Discovery Park to be a crown jewel of our magnificent parks system. We ask that the City of Seattle preserve this 554-acre treasure by declining to develop Fort Lawton Center for the Arts at Discovery Park." PDF Letter Here

The Cultural Landscape Foundation: Open Season on Open Space - "The need for a place of respite, of peace and quiet—one that serves the entire city rather than a small constituency—simply outweighs the benefits of a more narrowly conceived program, no matter how laudable its intentions. And as the thousands of visitors who regularly use the park to commune with nature can attest, there is already music there: the biophony of a rich array of wildlife—including more than 270 species of birds—that would otherwise be disrupted and drowned out by concerts and other performances." PDF Letter Here

The Seattle Audubon Society: "Seattle Audubon respectfully requests that Seattle City Parks and Recreation decline to authorize the Fort Lawton Center for the Arts at Discovery Park as the Center’s development is not reflective of Discovery Park’s Master Plan. ...its current proposed location would increase vehicular traffic, attract hundreds or potentially thousands of people for large concerts and result in development within the heart of Discovery Park, eroding some of its important natural values." PDF Letter Here

Seattle Nature Alliance: "An arts campus is incompatible with the natural qualities that make Discovery Park so special—and so beloved. A campus would mean increased vehicle access, crowds, noise, lighting, paved areas, and other amenities, and would have significant impact on the park. An Arts Center could be built anywhere, but natural areas are irreplaceable." PDF Letter Here

Discovery Park Advisory Council: "Seattle’s citizens have consistently reaffirmed the critical importance of the Master Plan in preserving Discovery Park’s unique and irreplaceable role as an oasis of tranquility and biodiversity for all to enjoy. The Discovery Park Advisory Council joins the Friends of Discovery Park, the Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle’s Nature Alliance, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and citizens and organizations across the Puget Sound region in firm support of the Park’s Master Plan and uncompromising opposition to this latest flawed attempt to develop Seattle’s largest remaining public open space." PDF Letter Here

Below are the original organizations who together worked to create Discovery Park as a an "open space of quiet and tranquility" for Seattle's future generations.

Allied Arts of Seattle, American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter, Associated Clubs of North End, Choose and Effective City Council (CHECC), Citizens Planning Council, Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs, Isaak Walton League, Junior League of Seattle, League of American Wheelmen, League of Women Voters, Magnolia Community Club, National Parks Association, Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle Garden Club, Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce, Seattle King County Board of Realtors, Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, Seattle Planning and Redevelopment Council, Seattle Rhododendron Society, The Mountaineers, The Sierra Club, Puget Sound Group, The Wilderness Society, Washington Alpine Club, Washington Roadside Council, and Congressional Delegates including: Senator Henry M. Jackson, Senator Warren G. Magnuson, Congressman Brock Adams, Congressman Lloyd Meeds, and Congressman Thomas Petty