About Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Our Mission

Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks (FSOP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage and raising awareness of the Olmsted philosophy of providing open space for all people.

What we do

FSOP hosts programs and creates educational materials to expand public knowledge and appreciation for the extensive Olmsted legacy in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle's parks and boulevards system, the University of Washington campus, the Washington state capitol grounds, and many residential subdivisions and private estates.

FSOP also works closely with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and other public agencies to provide independent review of projects in Seattle’s Olmsted Brothers-influenced parks and boulevards. FSOP helps ensure that proposed changes preserve or enhance the role the park or boulevard in the park and boulevard system John Charles Olmsted planned for the City of Seattle between 1903 and 1912 and that they are consistent with the designs developed by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects firm for the individual landscapes.

Who we are

The FSOP board is composed of citizens with expertise in landscape architecture, history, horticulture, arboriculture, business management, and urban planning. A number of our board members are involved in the preservation and revitalization of individual Olmsted-influenced landscapes in addition to their participation in FSOP's work.

Our meetings are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters in Denny Park. The public is welcome to attend.

FSOP Board Members

Andy Mitton, President Landscape Architect

Jennifer Ott, Vice President Historian

Theresa Neylon, Treasurer Landscape Architect

Ann Hunt, Secretary Horticulturalist

Doug Bayley Landscape Architect / Volunteer Park Trust

Eliza Davidson Architect / Landscape Designer / Urban Forester

David Dougherty Business Owner/Seattle Olmsted Trust

Jim Gale Public Health Professor Emeritus / UW open space for all people

Bryn Homsy Landscape Historian

Dakota Keene Landscape Architect

Penny Kriese Tree Ambassador/Master Gardener

Douglas Luetjen Attorney

Jennifer Rees Landscape Architect

Ben Streissguth Co-Manager Streissguth Gardens

Bob Baines Ex Officio — Seattle Parks and Recreation

Kathleen Conner Ex Officio — Seattle Parks and Recreation

Advisory Board

Jerry Arbes Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

Susan Olmsted Landscape Architect

John Barber Open Space Advocates, Friends of Frink Park

Susan Black Past FSOP Board Chair, Landscape Architect

Gretchen Hull Past FSOP President

Donald Harris Seattle Parks and Recreation, Manager; National Association for Olmsted Parks Former Trustee

Douglas Jackson Past FSOP President, Landscape Architect

Nancy Keith Former Executive Director Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Anne Knight Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

Brooks Kolb Landscape Architect, Past FSOP President

Kate Krafft King County Landmark Coordinator

Duse McLean Publisher, Author, Walking Tour Leader

Sue Nicol Past FSOP Vice President, Horticulturist/ Certified Arborist

Carla Rickerson UW Special Collections; Founding FSOP Board Member

Virginia Wilcox Past Member Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

Contact Us

[email protected]

PO Box 9884
Seattle, WA 98109

Andy Mitton
Board President
(206) 325-6877

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