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 of 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 the city’s Olmsted system of parks and boulevards. FSOP helps ensure that proposed changes are consistent with the designs developed by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects firm for the individual parks and boulevards. FSOP also reviews projects to better preserve or enhance the role and character of the park or boulevard within the overall system as planned by John Charles Olmsted for the City of Seattle between 1903 and 1912.

Who we are

The FSOP board is composed of citizens with expertise in landscape architecture, history, horticulture, arboriculture, business management, and marketing. Several past and current 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

Jenifer Rees, President
Landscape Architect

Andy Mitton, Past President Landscape Architect

Kyle Capizzi, Treasurer

Bob Baines
Retired Parks Employee

Eliza Davidson
Architect / Landscape Designer / Urban Forester

David Dougherty Business Owner/Seattle Olmsted Trust

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

Douglas Luetjen, President-Elect Attorney

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

Douglas Jackson
Past FSOP President, Landscape Architect

Frank Klaus
Retired CEO

Sue Nicol
Horticulturist/ Certified Arborist

Mark Sindell
Landscape Architect

Ben Streissguth
Co-Manager Streissguth Gardens

Annie Vasquez
Marketing, Seattle Public Library

Advisory Board

Jerry Arbes
Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

John Barber
Open Space Advocates, Friends of Frink Park

Ann Hunt
Past FSOP Secretary

Anne Knight
Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

Brooks Kolb
Landscape Architect, Past FSOP President

Kate Krafft
King County Landmark Coordinator

Penny Kriese
Past FSOP board member, Tree Advocate

Susan Olmsted
Landscape Architect

Jennifer Ott
Past FSOP President, Historian

Carla Rickerson
UW Special Collections; Founding FSOP Board Member

Larry Sinnott

Virginia Wilcox
Past Member Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

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