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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.

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/

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 […]

Interlaken Park & Boulevard Walking Tour

Interlaken Park 2451 Delmar Dr E, Seattle, WA

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 […]

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 […]

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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