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2017 HALS Challenge - City parks wanted!

Does your community have a special city or town park that should be documented by the Historic American Landscape Survey? Well it's time for the 8th Annual HALS Challenge. For the 8th annual HALS Challenge, the NPS invites you to document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with the FIND YOUR PARK movement to spread the word about the amazing national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It's also about local parks and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming more important than ever. Perhaps the city or town park you choose to document may: +be so popular that it is threatened by overuse; +be challenged with incompatible additions or updates; +suffer from neglect and deferred maintenance; +be unnoticed with its significance unappreciated; and/or +be documented to encourage its preservation. There are many fascinating historic city and town parks in all 50 states. People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document these beloved resources. Please contact your state ASLA Chapter's volunteer HALS Liaison if possible when you have selected a site to document for the HALS Challenge to be sure no one else is already preparing a HALS historic report for it. The HALS liason for Washington is: Duane Dietz, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Associate jones & jones architects · landscape architects · planners 105 south main street suite 300 seattle wa 98104 p 206 624 5702 ext 227   c 206 462 8562   f 206 624 5923