Happy 50th Anniversary Discovery Park!

You are invited!

Let’s commemorate and celebrate as a community.

All Seattleites (and, those beyond) are invited to visit, participate and celebrate  Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest and most unique park, in this 50th Anniversary year of its existence.

Discovery Park is NOT Central Park, Golden Gate Park or Stanley Park with their man-made structures, densely populated crowds and unnatural overlays of endless activity and concrete. Quite the opposite, Discovery Park is itself a living legacy and natural landscape that celebrates respectful stewardship to native plants and animals and remains as a reminder: that indigenous peoples, the Ancestral Duwamish, resided here since the beginning with a cultural tradition based in the love of their sacred land and a tradition of stewardship. In celebrating together, we acknowledge that history and also the subsequent compelling history that preserved this beautiful natural landscape.

We celebrate the original, indigenous stewards and all subsequent stewards who have preserved this land as a natural habitat for native flora and fauna. The same environmental principles, upheld in indigenous culture, were vigorously recommitted over and over these past 50 years because of the visionary 1972 Discovery Park Master Plan written by park planner Daniel Urban Kiley to keep this land an “…open space of quiet and tranquility…”

This website is your ticket to the celebration. Your invitation to participate! It will provide a calendar of ongoing events and activities for the whole family up to and on the day of celebration October 1, 2022. It will provide interesting history and blog posts on various Discovery Park features and topics. This website will allow every citizen the opportunity to celebrate and contribute in concrete ways to Discovery Park’s anniversary via fun walks and talks, visits to the Visitor Center to pick up special maps and materials, volunteer for stewardship activities or make a monetary donation to the “Future 50” endowment. There will be some surprises along the way! So, please this website visit often!

We are excited to bring new and updated history, environmental education and stewardship for the Park as part of the this anniversary. A new documentary is being planned and will be premiered publicly (follow the website for details!) to tell the evolutionary and compelling history of this unique urban Park as well as serve as a reminder of the constant work that must continue on to keep the Master Plan alive and this landscape unspoiled.

Many non-profit organizations have partnered for many months to put together a meaningful, exciting celebratory day on October 1, 2022. Your participation, offer to volunteer or donate to help us create a happy birthday for Discovery Park is most welcomed!

Enjoy the park:
Calendar of events

Participate by helping:

Give a gift toward the “Future 50”:

See ya in the Park!