Despite the fact that it rains 12 months out of the year in Seattle, people don’t stay indoors. They have too many reasons to go outside. Here are 334 of them.
In October 2009, James Mitchell went to the house of his friend Jackson Quall and told him he wanted to visit every major park in Seattle. “He just automatically agreed,” Mitchell said. “There was no resistance. We both grew up in Seattle and parks are a huge part.”
The friends visited parks rain or shine, and actually made more trips in the winter than summer months. They rode their bicycles to 207 parks and were able to include 187 friends, strangers and animals along the way. It took three years and eight months to visit the 334 parks on their list. The duo decided to publish their adventures in a book titled Reasons To Go Outside, A Seattle Parks Project.
In true coffee-table book style, the hardcover’s 256 pages feature a photo of every park including more than 30 full-page photographs. The book also features a brief history of Seattle park pioneers, information on each park, and the tools and friends involved in their process.
“I learned so much about the park system and the history of the parks,” Mitchell said. “It seems like Seattle has one of the best systems in the nation.”
Quall and Mitchell launched a 20-day web campaign on Feb. 7, with the goal of raising $2,500 to print 100 books. By Feb. 20, the site had raised $4,835 and the authors now hope to reach a “stretch goal” of $12,500.
“It’s a really beautiful book, and we’re proud of it,” Mitchell said.
For more information on the project or to order a copy of the book, click here before Thursday, Feb. 27.