From: Moss <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, April 12,[masked]:20 PM
Subject: [druid-232] EARTH DAY MINDFULNESS WALK
Greetings all - I thought you might want to know about this Earth Day
meditation walk that is taking place in downtown Seattle.
SEATTLE: Sunday, April 22nd (Earth Day) - 2:00-4:00pm
EARTH DAY MINDFULNESS WALK
The vision of the walk is to create space for us to gather together to
walk silently and mindfully as we bring our attention and compassion to
the earth, in honor of our planet on Earth Day. With polar ice caps and
glaciers melting rapidly, oceans acidifying, ecosystems failing, and
species the world over on the brink of extinction, there is a crucial need
for us all to bring our collective attention to the planet.
We see the walk as an opportunity to bring our collective attention and
compassion, our prayers for healing, to the earth during this critical
time. We envision the walk to be nourishing,
an opportunity for personal
reflection and community connection, as we walk mindfully together.
We will meet on Earth Day, April 22nd at 2pm, near the Olympic Sculpture
Park visitor pavilion*, in the small terraced amphitheater north of the
pavilion, facing the rusted iron Richard Serra "Wave" sculptures.
Our walk will wind single file through the sculpture park; then along
Elliott Bay using the waterside path of Myrtle Edwards Park, stopping
briefly at two small beaches for standing and sitting meditation.
Returning in twos, we will have a short closing circle, followed after 4pm
by optional sharing of talk and of any healthy snacks brought by
participants (carry some to share in your backpack if you wish!). A song
"This Land" is being planned for 4:30pm. For wheelchair accessibility,
contact Rick (below). Wear sturdy shoes.
The walk is meant to help deepen the relationship of any and
participants to their place in life on earth. No prior experience is
required; and no religious views will be invoked other than those shared
by all deep traditions: greater awareness, responsibility,
interconnection, and love/compassion for self and other.
NOTE: Horizontally organized, this is your event: people-to-people. The
walk is not limited or sponsored by any organizations, though many groups
will to tell their members about it. Who comes?--will be people who hear
and who are drawn by this special opportunity together in quietude, for
active reflection re our ongoing individual and collective relationship
to our home planet.
So if you can come:
Use the Facebook page (** below): We are specially asking everyone able
to use Facebook, to enter a "Join" or "Maybe" on the Earth Day Mindfulness
Walk page. That helps us estimate how many
people to expect on the walk,
and develops community beforehand.
Spread the word: Please do "share" this event with anyone you think might
love to be there. Do that by email, or word of mouth, or Facebook and
other internet postings.
Time, day-of: Please allow time for Sunday transit schedules, walking,
biking, or finding Sunday parking and walking--to arrive and enjoy the
Olympic Sculpture Garden before 2pm start. After start time, find our
single file zig-zagging northward; or by twos as we return. Allow time for
sharing after 4pm if you'd like that. See following email for a short This
Land sing around 4:30 pm,
Thanks. We, hope to be with you there, then, for the Earth Day Mindfulness
Or search onwww.Facebook.com
for "Earth Day Mindfulness Walk".
Sarah Bean [address removed] [masked]
Rick Harlan [address removed]
More re the Land and Water:
* --Our 2pm gathering place as described above, is at the top center of
this online map: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sculpturepark/
Here is also an interactive timeline history of the land we'll be walking
on, and more about the sculpture
--Info on the Duwamish, the landfill, the pollution, and the struggle to
make and keep a Park (copied below):http://www.seattle.gov/parks/history/EdwardsPk.pdf
--Photos of Myrtle Edwards Park:
(Look for beauty,
for fossil fuels, for ocean water level….)
HISTORY: PARK 11/6/76
When the Duwamish tribe inhabited the land between the Whulge (Puget
Sound) and Hyas Chuck
The flat strip along the waterfront, from Yesler Way to Smith Cove is the
result of fills.
TheWilkesExpeditionof1841honoredacrew member; Edward Meany claims it was
the chaplian. Rev. J. L. Elliott, but in 1954 Howard Hanson found that
MidshipmanSamuel Elliott was honored with the name for Elliott Bay. Lake
Washington was in 1854 by Thomas Mercer,
The Denny Party landed at Alki Beach in November of 1851 to establish a
permanent settle- ment.
looking for a cargo of timber piles which the settlers eagerly provided.
But it was obvious that wateroffshorewas foraharbor.
Atfirst,skidroads, wagons and boats were able to supply the demands of
vessels from San Francisco and other ports of call, but when coal was
discovered in the 1860's a faster means of overland
Atranscontinental railroad was authorized in 1864 and Seattle wanted to be
the western terminus. But Tacoma waschosen.
Thenfollowedalongperiodofbitterrivalry. FinallySeattlechosetobuild its own
connection to a transcontinental rail system and the only route open was
to the north,
In 1887 the West Coast Railroad Company was formed and built a pile
trestle along the water- front from Columbia Street north across the tide
flats of Smith Cove, on to Ballard and
Great Northern ended the 17-year rivalry by
purchasingthe operation and
Seattle the terminus of its transcontinental route via Stevens Pass.
The shoreline at the foot of the hills soon a wide thoroughfare of
planked roadways and railroad tracks on piling but this intense
development was never extended beyond Bay Street.
architects of Brookline, Mass., note of "the boat house at the foot of
steds recommended the development and expansion of this facility - or at
Street)andincludinga bluff. The wasHarborViewPark. Theyen-
visioned an extensive people and boat oriented park and, if
the water was
not too con- taminated, a sandy bathing beach.
In 1912 the voters approved the construction by the Port Commission of two
new piers (#40- 41) at Smith Cove (besides James Hill's rock fill pier)
and they were rated as "the largest commercialpiersintheworld".
WhentradewiththeOrientwasdevelopedthey the transfer point for the
fragile silk cargos from ship to high speed silk trains racing across the
continent to eastern mills.
In 1917 a seawall was completed between Washington and Madison Streets and
the fill behind it fromtheregradestreetprojectsinthearea.
Itwasnotuntil1936thattheseawall was extended to Bay Street, and Alaskan
Way abruptly with a turn across the rail- roadtracks.
However,afillhad placedalongtheshorein1920fromMadisonStreet to Smith
Cove, completingthe filling of the tide flats of the Cove that was begun
1916 aspartofthePier40-41 project.
In 1948 the City Planning Commission, in cooperation with other official
forthepublic and private growth requirements' of Seattle for the next 25
years from the date of the pub- licationofthisComprehensivePlanin1956.
Park from Bay Street to Pier 88 (the new number for Hill's pier). The Plan
also identified the extension of Alaskan Way as an expressway between the
railroad and the proposed park strip. AccordingtotheP.I.(in1965)
thepropertybetweenThomasandBayStreetswaspur- chased in 1944 at a King
County public auction for $15,000 (mostly covered by tidewater)\ during
the construction of the freeway through Seattle, the parent company of the
property owners dumped during 1965 considerable excavated material on the
site and thus became
property was publicly offered to the Park Board who had no funds for its
purchase and the news media became critical of the "official
short-sightedness . . . if a great opportunity was
mandated by the voters through bond issues or by City Council
appropriation.) City Council backed up the Park Board in refusing to
accept the offer of $761,250 for the property, "an
(In1959CityEngineerRoyMorse endorsed acquisition of this waterfront to
protect the marine view alongside the proposed expressway and proposed
establishment of a land acquisitionfund - but to no avail. Times 1965.)
The Times went on to agree that the price was too high but pointed out
that the land
Bythetimeproceedingscametotrialin1968,theForwardThrustbondissue had been
approved by voters; the park on Elliott Bay north of Bay Street was in the
Meanwhile the Port Authority had acquired the waterfront south from Pier
88 to Thomas Street with plans for a Grain Terminal; unloading from
railroad cars, storage silos and ship docking andloadingfacilities.
Anotherstormwasunleashed. Themarineviewwasseriously threaten- ed now by
the construction of 68 silos and other structures, includingmammoth
tankers berthed forloading.
Due to separate ownerships, the north half of the proposed Elliott Bay
Park came to trial first and the jury award was for a value of $718,000,
twice the City's estimate and offer. The Department's
recommendation was to reject the award and drop the project and to
concentrade on the Magnolia Tidelands acquisition project. Then it
developed that total acquisition of tidelands was not necessary to retain
open and public use. Also, the public ownership of the grain terminal
presented a significantopportunity to develop the waterfront drive.
Bay waters significantly declined following the installation of the
Intercepter Sewer by Metroin1968(aregulatorstationwasbuiltonthesite).
Asaresultofalltheseevalua- tions, the decision was made to accept the
award and proceed.
But when City Hall asked the Port Authority to join the Parks Department
in the development of a pedestrian/bike path along the waterfront from Bay
Street to Prospect Street, the
Butfourofthe five Port Commissioners were sympathetic to the park plan and
after considerable controversy a limited plan of park-like development was
In 1955 Mrs. F. F. Powell retired from City Council after 20 years service
to take a world tourforMoralRearmament.
AsherreplacementCouncilchoseMRS.MYRTLEEDWARDS,agraduate of the University
of Illinois, a pianist and vocal soloist who gave up her career to marry
In1941theEdwardsmovedtoSeattle,residinginLaurelhurst. Myrtle obtained a
Bachelor degree in Political Science from the U.W. and became active in
HerappointmenttoCoun- cil was quickly endorsed by the voters. Mrs. Edwards
succeeded Mrs. Powell as Chairwoman
of the Harbor and Public Grounds Committee of Council, later changed to
and Public Grounds.
"She was always at the forefront of campaigns and programs to preserve
Seattle's natural beauty and to enhance it with new parks, plantingsand
sculpture." One of her projects was the acquisition of Gas Plant site on
the north shore of Lake Union, which she began topro- mote soon after
joining City Council. In 1962 the City entered a 10-year contract to
the plant site for parkpurposes. But MyrtleEdwards did notsee the park
become a reality for she died in 1969, the result of a tragic automobile
accident in Idaho.
that the park design would feature the "domineering" preservation of
industrial (plant) sculpture, Myrtle Edwards' family requested that her
name be withdrawn in 1972. (Harlan Edwards died in 1975) In 1976 her
family approved the
renaming of Elliott Bay Park as MYRTLEEDWARDSPARK.
DuringhertenureontheCouncilshefrequentlywasthelone dissenting or moderate
voice, but many times her quiet persuasion won over her eight
maleopponents. "Awoman...inpoliticalofficeshouldbejustaswellinformedas her
male colleagues, maybe even more so." Said one of them: "Shewas always
willing to hear new ideas and change hermind,"
Myrtle Edwards received many awards, including Matrix Table, National
Business Women's award and Hadassah's Better World Citizen Award; she was
an advocate of converting the Civic Auditoriumand ball field into a new
Seattle Center through the establishment of the 1962 World's Fair on the
site and proponent of the earlier Metro plan to rid Seattle waters of
pollution. She was a prime mover in organizing Horizon (retirement) House.