Upcoming Events

We plan to resume in person tours in summer 2021 as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Before then, you can explore Seward and Interlaken parks with our self-guided tours.

Olmsted 200

The FSOP is looking forward to the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted 2022!



Upcoming Events

We plan to resume in person tours in summer 2021 as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Before then, you can explore Seward and Interlaken parks with our self-guided tours.

Olmsted 200

The FSOP is looking forward to the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted 2022!



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FSOP at Mt Baker Hub Fest – September 18-19

This weekend, the Mount Baker Hub Business Association and Friends of Mount Baker Town Center are hosting a two-day program as part of Seattle Design Fest 2016. On Sunday September 18, 2016, a set of local musicians and artists will be showcased at the Mount Baker Hub Fest. The Bicycle Sunday closure of Lake Washington […]

Colman Park Vista Restoration Project Meeting

Learn about where the effort to restore the Olmsted view corridor through Colman Park stands. Bradner Park meeting room - 1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. If you’re new to this project, you’re invited to arrive at 6:30. Project organizers will have a short presentation to share the background and […]

Volunteer Park Amphitheater Design Review

The Volunteer Park Trust's Amphitheater replacement project is presenting the schematic design developed by ORA Architects at a public meeting on April 6, at 5:00 p.m., in the Volunteer Park Conservatory. The Trust is interested in the public's feedback on the design. Project leads ORA Architects, Seattle Parks representatives, and Volunteer Park Trust members will […]

Join us September 16th 2017 for a Walking Tour and the Annual Meeting!

Our final walking tour for 2017 will be held at Washington Park Arboretum at 10:00am. We will meet in front of the Graham Visitors Center. Jennifer Ott and Andy Mitton will be leading the tour that will highlight the beginnings of the Arboretum as well as present-day activities. There will be an opportunity for a […]

Volunteer Park Fall Restoration Day – September 17

Save the date for the Volunteer Park Trust's 6th annual fall clean up event on September 17, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This major restoration effort brings scores of friends and neighbors together to make a huge impact on Volunteer Park. In past years volunteers have prepared beds for replanting (according to the […]

A Park System for All: The Olmsted Vision for Seattle – May 10th

Join historian and former FSOP board member at the Mercer Island Public Library on May 10th at 7:00 p.m. to learn about Seattle's Olmsted Brothers-designed park and boulevard system. Jennifer will talk about the Olmsted Brothers' vision for the park system, how it was implemented, and how it has shaped Seattle and contributed to the […]

Interlaken Park & Boulevard Walking Tour

Come learn about some of the park’s history, including how the roadway traces an earlier bike trail system and how the park fulfills some basic tenets of the Olmsted Brothers’ design philosophy. Given this summer’s heat, a walk through the woods may be just the thing! We will meet and start at the intersection of […]

Correction — Walking Tour Date

Please note that the date for our final walking tour of the season, through Cal Anderson Park, has been changed. Originally scheduled for Saturday, September 15, it is now to occur the following Saturday, September 22nd. We are still meeting at 10:00am, by the Shelter House. We do hope you will join us! Cal Anderson […]

MOHAI History Café: Volunteer Park from Cemetery to City Landmark

Join Jennifer Ott as she uncovers how Volunteer Park’s designers, caretakers, and users have shaped its ever-evolving landscape. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 pm For more information, please see the posting on MOHAI's website https://mohai.org/event/history-cafe-volunteer-park-from-cemetery-to-city-landmark/

May 18th Walking Tour — SW Queen Anne Hill

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.

Denny-Blaine, Lakeview, & Viretta Parks Walking Tour

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 […]

Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour

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, […]

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 […]

Olmsted in Seattle Book Talk at CUH

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 […]

Olmsted Book Launch Announced

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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