About Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks
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
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