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Walter Willcox: The Man Behind the Walls

The Willcox Wall on Queen Anne is one of its most beloved public landmarks. Its early construction is well documented but the story of its designer, Walter R.B. Willcox, is often shrouded in myth. What inspired him to create this beautiful civic architecture? Architectural historian Marvin Anderson has researched more than 200 letters held by […]

Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park 1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle

Join the Volunteer Park Trust for the return of the Halloween Pet Parade – in the NEW amphitheater! We are excited to see the clever costumes and adorable animals. Enter Your Pet in the Costume Competition! Please register at the event. Entry into the costume competition is free. No registration is needed to join the […]


E.B. Dunn Gardens Tour – Sunday, September 18, 2022

E.B. Dunn Gardens 13533 Northshire Road NW, Seattle

Join us for an in-person guided tour of the E. B. Dunn Gardens. About the Dunn Gardens tour: Please park on Northshire Road and walk through the white gates to enter the garden. This tour is appropriate for all ages. These walks are free and open to all, and will happen rain or shine. Please […]

Mount Pleasant Cemetery tour on Queen Anne

Mount Pleasant Cemetery 700 West Raye St., Seattle, WA

Join historian Kim Turner and the Queen Anne Historical Society on this tour through the beautiful grounds of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in north Queen Anne. Kim will point out interesting historical sites of early movers and shakers of our city. We will meet at the south entrance to the cemetery at 700 West Raye Street […]


Rainier Beach Neighborhood Tour – Saturday, August 20, 2022

Join us as we explore the Rainier Beach neighborhood! About the Rainier Beach tour: Meet at the NE corner of the intersection of Rainier Beach Avenue and South Henderson Street. The distance is approximately 2.5 miles. The tour will last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The tour is appropriate for all ages. These walks […]

Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks Walking Tour: Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park 1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle

Volunteer Park is often referred to as the crown jewel of Seattle’s Olmsted park and boulevard system, as its most complete and best-preserved Olmsted-designed landscape. Land purchased in 1876 was originally used as a cemetery, but in their 1903 report to the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, the Olmsted Brothers proposed extensive improvements to the […]


Free Public Art and Tree Tour

Parsons Garden 1191 7th Ave. West, Seattle

Explore Parsons Garden and artwork at the Betty Bowen Viewpoint! The free public tour will take approximately one hour as we circle through the park to learn about its history and trees. The background of artists and their work will be disucced at the Berry Viewpoint.


Green Lake Tour – Saturday, June 18, 2022

Green Lake 7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA

Join Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks for an in-person guided tour of Green Lake About the Green Lake tour: Meet at the north entry to Green Lake Community Center. The distance around the lake is 2.8 miles. The tour will last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. It is appropriate for all ages. These walks […]

Support Seattle’s Olmsted Parks & Boulevards with your GiveBig Donation


The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) is dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage that provides vital open space for everyone. The public’s need for these parks and boulevards this past year illustrates the need for all of us to support Seattle’s open spaces. Your 2021 donation through the GiveBig Campaign will help […]

FSOP to Participate in GiveBIG Washington

Parks and open spaces have always been vital to people's health and well-being and are especially so in this challenging time. The Seattle parks system is now over 100 years old, originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers’ Landscape Architecture firm in 1903. Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) is dedicated to educating people and preserving […]

Olmsted Book Launch Announced

Seattle Public Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle

HistoryLink, Documentary Media and FSOP are proud to announce the upcoming launch of Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City, which tells the story of Seattle's Olmsted Brothers-designed public park system. Join us for a book launch featuring a talk by its author, historian Jennifer Ott, who will discuss how research […]

Olmsted in Seattle Book Talk at CUH

Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA

Join us for a talk by historian Jennifer Ott about stories she uncovered in her research for Olmsted in Seattle. In the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the 20th century, Seattle's city leaders seized on the confluence of a roaring economy with the City Beautiful movement to hire the Olmsted Brothers landscape […]

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Building and former Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) Foundry / MEB Annex for landmark status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of the University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Building and the former Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) Foundry / MEB Annex (3900-3902 East Stevens Way NE) on Wednesday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions […]

Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour

Schmitz Preserve Park Meet near the intersection of 58th Ave SW and SW Stevens St, Seattle, WA

Bridge across stream in Schmitz Preserve Park, 1910. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 30259.   We will meet at the park sign near the intersection of 58th Ave. SW and SW Stevens St., close to Alki Elementary School. We’ll take a look at the park as a component of the Olmsted system of parks and boulevard, […]

Denny-Blaine, Lakeview, & Viretta Parks Walking Tour

Denny-Blaine Park 200 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA

Learn about Olmsted's vision for Lake Washington Boulevard as it climbed the slope toward Washington Park, and view some early neighborhood parks established in 1901 with the platting of a new subdivision.  We will also visit the Bush School's oldest building and a couple of estates designed by Olmsted. The tour will begin and end […]

May 18th Walking Tour — SW Queen Anne Hill

Kinnear Park 899 W Olympic Pl, Seattle, WA

Members of the Queen Anne Historical Society will be joining us and talking about early development and historical properties that we'll encounter on this walk.

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Olmsted 200. Celebrating Parks for All People

We are a proud partner of the Olmsted 200 campaign, a nationwide bicentennial birthday celebration of the democratic values and enduring influence of the visionary American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Join the celebration at Olmsted200.org