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Series Record

Title :
Photograph files
Agency Name :
Park System
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Series Date(s) :
(ca. 1948-1998)  Begin Date: 1948    End Date: 1998 
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Scope :
The King County Parks System photograph collection visually documents park and recreation facilities and programs in King County from 1948 to 1998. The collection's seven subseries reflect the activities of King County Parks across this time period: (1) Park sites and facilities (including former and proposed county parks, and municipal parks located within King County); (2) regional trails; (3) swimming pools; (4) recreation programs; (5) major local or regional events sponsored by King County Parks (including Junior Olympics, Washington Games for Disabled Youth, Marymoor Heritage Festival, the Return to Newcastle, and the King County Fair); (6) administrative and staff photographs; and (7) photographs of miscellaneous subjects.

Specific topics prominently represented by images include: 1950's recreation programs for women , girls and disabled youth; facilities and programs developed in partnership with local school districts (1950's-1970's); facilities, particularly swimming pools, developed through the Forward Thrust capital improvement program (1968); recreation and leisure programs in the 1990's; and the development of regional parks and trails (1970's-1990's). Aerial photographs, mostly from c.1969-1975, are present for many park sites and their adjacent neighborhoods.

Photographic formats include black-and-white prints and negatives, color prints and negatives, 35mm color slides, and glass slides, both color and black-and-white. (For pre-1948 images of King County park facilities and structures, see Series 400, Public Works Photograph Files.)
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