Ed Pratt was Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League and a prominent black leader in Seattle, who “pushed hard for school and workplace desegregation, the de-ghettoizing of neighborhoods, and an end to police harassment.”1 Pratt was assassinated in front of his home on 26th January 1969 at the age of 38. EPACC will convene at 8a on Friday 7th October 2016 at Pratt Park. Here’s a map.
EPACC will convene at 8a on Friday 30th September 2016 at Myrtle Edwards Park. “The City proposed naming today’s Gasworks Park in Edwards’ honor, but her family objected to the preservation of the old coal gas refinery.”1 Edwards was a prominent Seattle City Council member, who died as the result of a car crash in 1969. Here’s a map.
“Dedicated on Nov. 21, 1921, around the time the historic photo was taken, St. Demetrios was built partly with donations by communicants who worked in nearby Greek restaurants. The sanctuary cost around $50,000 – about the same amount the Overall Laundry Service paid for the building in 1963 when the congregation moved to its dazzlingly modern Byzantine house of worship on Boyer Street. The Cascade neighborhood’s fortunes have fared little better. Light industry and businesses have encroached on the community, filling it with warehouses, parking lots and truck traffic.” −Paul Dorpat
The original St. Demetrios was demolished in 1995 to build the REI flagship store. Overall Laundry Service was sold to Aramark in 2006. EPACC will meet at 8a on Friday 16th September 2016 at the southwest corner of the “porch” outside the main entrance. Here’s a map.
Also EPACC has a Twitter account now, which I will try to use to notify about late-breaking location changes should they occur. Feel free to follow or just check in if you show and can’t find anyone.
En Plein Air Coffee Club will convene at 8am on Friday 9th September 2016 under this boat in South Lake Union. For more information on Blanche, the sound art installation pictured above, visit the Public Art Archive.
The Kingdome was Seattle’s major sports venue from 1976 until 1999. Pictured above is its demolition on 26th March 2000. The stadium was built with $40 million in municipal bonds, and repaired in 1994 with a further $67.6 million in bonds. The city finished paying off the bonds in 2015. EPACC will meet at 7:30a on 2nd September 2016 south of the former site of the stadium, in between WaMu Theater and Safeco Field, under S Royal Brougham Way. There’s not really anywhere to sit but it will be dry. Here’s a map.
Seattle Piers 62 & 63 are a public park. They were built in the 1920s as a normal cargo pier. The piers used to host the annual Summer Nights at the Pier concert series, but this was discontinued in recent years because of the deterioration of the piers and concerns about their ability to support the weight of the event. A $29M project will begin in fall 2017 to rebuild a substantial portion of the two piers so that events may be held there again. EPACC will meet at 8am on Friday 19th August 2016 on Seattle Pier 62 or 63, depending on where we find a spot. Watch out for splinters. Here’s a map.
According to the city, this park was originally a gravel mine (like other Seattle parks) owned by Nils Peterson. It was later given to the city by B. F. Day. As to who David Rogers is… I couldn’t find any information. EPACC will meet at 8am on Friday 12th August 2016 at David Rogers Park. Maybe we can find a plaque. Here’s a map.
EPACC will meet at 8am on Friday 15th July 2016 in Occidental Square. Here’s a map.