Walt Hundley Playfield naming celebration: 2 ex-mayors, and more

September 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

Today’s semi-surprise sunshine ended right before the speeches concluded at this afternoon’s Seattle Parks celebration in honor of the newly named Walt Hundley Playfield by High Point Community Center. But the event continued with the cheery atmosphere of a family-and-friends reunion – which it was, with dozens of people on hand in addition to the official participants shown above – from left, Mr. Hundley’s son Evan, former mayors Wes Uhlman (1969-78) and Charley Royer (1978-90), former Parks superintendent Ken Bounds, Mr. Hundley’s son David, acting Parks superintendent Christopher Williams, and former Parks finance director Curt Green. Mr. Hundley had held other city roles, including budget director, and Uhlman recalled appointing him to the job in which he made history, serving 1977-88 as the city’s first African-American parks superintendent:

Everyone who spoke remembered Mr. Hundley’s mentorship skills – Williams, too, cited him as an inspiration:

Walt Hundley died in 2002; here’s his biography on HistoryLink. Members of the Hundley family noted sadly that they had hoped to have Walt’s widow Felisa Hundley would there to share in the tributes. She, however, died just weeks ago, two days before what would have been her 79th birthday (here’s her obituary). (added Sunday morning) Evan Hundley – who heads Explorer West Middle School - read a Maya Angelou poem that, he explained, his mother originally was planning to read at the event:

3 Comments

  1. Finally, it appears that Parks has redesigned its rainbow signs to read “Park Hours” at the sign bottom instead of a warning about “Park Closed” hours. Far nicer in terms of greeting the public.

    Comment by Alvis — 11:26 pm September 18, 2010 #

  2. It is well worth noting that Walt Hundley’s influence was not only felt far and wide, but deep and close too. His son Evan is the Head of School at Explorer West Middle School here in West Seattle.

    Comment by CurlyQ — 7:56 am September 19, 2010 #

  3. Thanks, CurlyQ, which reminds me that’s the last clip I need to add to the story. He read a poem by Maya Angelou that he said his mom originally was planning to read at the event … TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:43 am September 19, 2010 #

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