Samuel Parsons Jr will plan big park ~ SD Union, October 21, 1902

SAN DIEGO UNION, Tuesday Morning
October 21, 1902, 9:1-2



The Eminent Landscape Architect Will Be Here in December
To Begin Work — Something Of His Career


A few weeks ago, when George W. Marston went east, it was stated that one of the objects of his visit was to engage one of four of the eminent landscape gardeners of the country to come to San Diego and make a landscape architect’s plan for the improvement of the big pleasure reservation of the city. At that time the four men, any of whom would have been satisfactory, were named and among them was that of Samuel Parsons of New York.

A special telegram to the Union from Mr. Marston tells of the success of at least one part of the mission in the following words:

“New York City, Oct. 20. On behalf of the park committee I have engaged Samuel Parsons, Jr. to make plans for the improvement and beautifying of our city park. He will visit San Diego about December 19 to give it his personal attention, and to cooperate with local experts.

“Mr. Parsons is the president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was the superintendent of Central Park for fifteen years, and is now landscape architect for all the parks of Greater New York.

“He was commissioned by act of congress in 1900 to design extensive park grounds at Washington, D.C. He designed League Island park in Philadelphia, Evergreen cemetery at Brooklyn, Bryn Mawr college grounds in Indiana, Colorado college campus, and scores of other important places.

“He is now beginning very elaborate plans for H. B. Haggin’s five-thousand acre home at Lexington, Ky..

George W. Marston

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