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July 2016

Volunteer Park Summer Events 2016

July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Picnic in the Park Thursday, July 21 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Music, food trucks, entertainment - all in a beautiful park! Volunteer Park Walking Tours July 30 or October 8 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tour the park and learn about the Olmsted Brothers design, the park's historic structures, and the surrounding neighborhood. For more information visit their events page: http://volunteerparktrust.org/. 2015 Picnic in the Park. Photo by Nataworry Photography. Courtesy Volunteer Park Trust.

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Mini Walking Tour in Ravenna-Cowen Parks

July 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join King County In Motion, Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks and the Ravenna Bryant Community Association for a midday history walk and field game extravaganza! Learn the secrets of Ravenna and Cowen parks with historian, Jennifer Ott, on a 30 minute walking tour. Afterwards, hop, jump, and toss your way through field games at Ravenna Park. Meet us near the Play Area off of N.E. 55th St. starting at 11:30am on Saturday, July 16th! Design for Cowen Park entry, 1909.…

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February 2016

Come See Us at the NW Flower and Garden Show!

February 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

This year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show is at the Washington State Convention Center, February 17th to 21. FSOP will have be talking with visitors about Seattle's Olmsted legacy and, in keeping with this year's garden show theme, "America the Beautiful," we'll have information about the work done by the Olmsted landscape architecture firms across the country. Stop by and enter a drawing for a bundle of great items donated by FSOP and members of the GCNN: *Greenscapes: Olmsted's Pacific Northwest By…

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September 2015

TreePAC Candidate Forum

September 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FSOP has joined with TreePAC, a group of local non-profits who collaborate to influence the government to protect, maintain and increase the urban forest, to host a candidate forum at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) on Tuesday, September 29th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Candidates for Seattle City Council will answer questions regarding their views on preserving and improving urban forests. Urban forest and green spaces, as you know, create healthy and livable communities and were…

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Mount Baker Town Center Street Festival – Sept. 20th

September 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center have organized a street festival to coincide with the last Bicycle Sunday of the year. It will take place on Sunday, September 20, from 11:30am to 6:00pm at the Mount Baker Station and Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts (2915 Rainier Ave S). This free family-friendly event will include music, entertainment, food trucks, and art exhibits on the Sound Transit Plaza and inside the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room. Come down to hang out…

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Walking Tour and Annual Meeting in Volunteer Park – September 19th

September 19, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

JOIN US for the 2015 ANNUAL MEETING Saturday, September 19th Tour of Volunteer Park – 10:00 a.m. Business Meeting and Potluck Lunch – 12:00 p.m. Meet at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Seattle Asian Art Museum Depending on the weather, we will picnic on the grass east of the amphitheater, in the shelter house west of the playground, or at the top of the water tower (provided everyone can join us at the top). During our short business…

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July 2015

Walking Tour – July 18

July 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will meet at the south parking lot of Leschi Elementary School (Yesler and 32nd) at 10am for a tour lasting approximately two hours. Please note that we will be walking some steep wooded trails, so dress suitably and bring water with you. We may end the tour with an informal gathering at one of the eating spots down by Lake Washington, before heading back uphill. Tour is free, and there's no need to RSVP. Hope to see you there!…

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April 2015

Dunn Gardens Centennial Lecture – April 9th

April 9, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

"Arthur and Edward Dunn’s Woodland Gardens: Vision for Pacific Northwest Gardens" is the subject of the Dunn Gardens Centennial Lecture to be given by noted garden historian, David Streatfield. The talk with explore the history of the gardens, which were designed by John Charles Olmsted in 1915. It is one a just a handful of private Olmsted-designed gardens that are open to the public in the Northwest. Dr. Streatfield is a well respected historian of landscape architecture who has been…

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January 2015

Screening of “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” – Jan. 31st

January 31, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Central Public Library (1000 4th Avenue) on Saturday, January 31st, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a talk and film screening with historian and documentarian Laurence Cotton, a consulting producer of the PBS film "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America." The film, through stunning cinematography and engaging commentary, presents the biography of Olmsted, whose work on parks and preservation has had a lasting impact on American cities. FSOP President Jennifer Ott will…

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December 2014

Holiday in the Park – December 11th

December 11, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Thursday, December 11th, the Volunteer Park Trust will host the 3rd Annual Holiday in the Park event featuring 500 luminaries lining the Concourse, complimentary treats and drinks, and a bounty of beautiful choral music on two stages. The Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory also offer free admission that evening. The newly restored Conservatory will be open and features a model train in the Seasonal House. The art museum has special exhibitions of contemporary art from…

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November 2014

History Cafe: A Park System for All – The Olmsted Vision

November 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

History Cafe is a program at the Museum of Industry sponsored by MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and HistoryLink.org. On the third Thursday of each month, history buffs gather in the Compass Cafe at MOHAI to join in a lively discussion about history. This month, FSOP president and historian Jennifer Ott will talk about the Seattle's Olmsted park and boulevard system, what Olmsted intended for it, and how it was implemented. Come to MOHAI at 6:30 p.m., grab a snack…

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September 2014

Fall Restoration Day – Volunteer Park

September 21, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come for part or all, rain or shine, to continue our restoration efforts. We will be working on the beds behind the dahlia garden near the Conservatory. We will be weeding, edging and mulching, among other tasks. Gloves and tools will be provided, or bring your own. When: Sunday, September 21st, from 10 am to 2 pm Where: Gather in Volunteer Park at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Asian Art Museum. Who: Please bring friends and kids. No…

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2014 Annual Meeting and Walking Tour

September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FSOP has had a great year and we are excited to gather at Lakeview Park on Saturday, September 20th, at noon for our annual meeting and (always delicious!) potluck lunch. We'll meet at the grassy area directly south of the intersection of 37th Avenue E. and E. Harrison Street. Bring a dish to share; drinks, plates, and utensils will be provided (feel free to bring your own reusable plates/silverware). Anyone interested in Seattle's Olmsted legacy is welcome to join us.…

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Join us for a Lecture: The Remarkable Revitalization of Olmsted Parks

September 8, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

What: Rebirth of America's First Park System: What Can Buffalo's Olmsted Parks Renaissance Teach Seattle? Lecture preceded by reception and short film. Who: Thomas Herrera-Mishler, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy President & CEO When: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:00 pm lecture - Doors open at 6:00 for reception & documentary "The Best Planned City in the World" Where: Downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue - Tickets: $10 donation / $8 students & Town Hall members. Background: Seattle and…

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July 2014

Deco Night Program – July 25th

July 25, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas hosts a full evening celebration of the special exhibition Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945, the Asian Art Museum’s Art Deco building, and summer in Volunteer Park. Deco Night, to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on July 25th, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, will include a lecture, exhibition tours, a reception an outdoor film and music program. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults,…

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Summer Picnic in the Park – July 10th

July 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

From 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10th, the Volunteer Park Trust is holding its 2nd Annual Summer Picnic in the Park. Bring your picnic (or buy dinner there from one of the vendors) to the lawn to the west of the main concourse drive and enjoy live music at the bandstand. Last year's picnic was great fun and this year is shaping up to be another wonderful event. Music: The Shed Boys The Tall Boys Food Vendors: Dante's…

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June 2014

Olmsted Documentary Airs June 28th on KCTS

June 28, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The new documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America tells the story of Olmsted's life and how his work, and that of his sons, has helped shape American cities and our ideas about the environment. It will be aired on KCTS (channel 9) on Saturday, June 28th, at 7:00 p.m. Frederick Law Olmsted, known as the father of American landscape architecture, was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the…

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Hiawatha Playfield Walking Tour – June 21st

June 21, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hiawatha Playfield was the first playfield developed in the Seattle park system. John Charles Olmsted designed it in 1910. The original plan featured two wading pools and two "open air gymnasiums" - one for women and girls and one for men and boys. Come join FSOP as we tour the playfield on June 21st, at 10:00 a.m. We'll meet at the park entrance near Walnut Ave. SW and SW Forest St. Walking tours usually last about two hours and are…

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May 2014

Schmitz Park Walking Tour – May 17th

May 17, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The first of our monthly summer walking tours will be held this Saturday, May 17th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the intersection of 58th Ave. SW and SW Stevens St., near Alki Elementary. We'll take a look at the park as a component of the Olmsted system of parks and boulevard, compare the plan John Charles Olmsted created for the park in 1908 with the layout of the park today, and enjoy the amazing forest that is…

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April 2014

Kinnear Park Ribbon Cutting

April 26, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Although Kinnear Park was established before John Charles Olmsted developed the park and boulevard system for Seattle, he included it in that plan because it exemplified one type of park he wanted the city to develop - open space along bluffs that featured stunning water and mountain views and forested hillsides. He wrote in his 1903 report: "The park is pleasing in detail and extremely valuable, owing to the fine views which it commands over the Sound. It is a…

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