2017 Annual WASLA Conference

Spokane Convention Center, April 21, 2017
One Day, Dynamic Sessions, Ultimate Location



10:15-11:15 AM
Reviving a Forgotten Forest: A Case Study of Preservation, CPTED, and Historic Lower Kinnear Park, Seattle's Oldest Planted Park


Kinnear Park is Seattle’s oldest planted park (1887) and is located in a dense urban neighborhood, one mile from the Seattle Center. As a landmarked park with connections to the Olmsted Brothers, throughout its colorful history, it became overgrown attracting criminal activity such as drug deals, assaults, and even murder. In addition, homeless encampments compounded landslide hazard slopes. Working with a community group and the Seattle Parks Department, this session reviews the application of CPTED principles to a historic, urban natural area to illustrate lessons learned where the edges of nature, society, and history meet. 

Lead Speaker:

Aaron Luoma 

Speaker Bios:

Aaron Luoma, ASLA, Principal, HBB Landscape Architecture 
Aaron has been practicing landscape architecture for the last eleven years. Appointed by the Mayor of Seattle, he served on the Landmarks Preservation board for over seven years, including as Chair. He has worked on a variety of park projects throughout the region and is praised for his ability to translate the historic character of communities into physical design.

Dean Koonts, ASLA, Principal, HBB Landscape Architecture
Dean has seventeen years of experience in urban design, planning, and landscape architecture. He has received training in Basic CPTED and School Campus CPTED from the National Crime Prevention Council, and has served on the executive board of the Seattle’s East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition. He has applied CPTED principles to “problem-area” urban parks and conducted several case studies.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how multiple layers of history contributed towards the evolution of the park and its design.
  • Learn from this case study how local community activism supported the preservation of the park and its renewal and reactivation.
  • Learn about how the park’s ecology and the urban forest were studied and reshaped for the improved ecological health of the park.
  • Learn how thoughtful approaches to Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) can promote the preservation of historic landscapes.



Where History Meets Nature

Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA