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;
+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
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