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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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FSOP Board Meeting – April 7

April 7, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FSOP Board Meeting, April 7, 2014 – 7:00-9:00 PM AGENDA Approval of Meeting Notes from the March 3rd meeting Announcements Parks Business/Action Items: Washington Park Arboretum- CARHT project Jennifer Ott 7:05 p.m. Kinnear Park Ribbon-Cutting Jennifer Ott 7:20 p.m. Board Business, Reports and Announcements: Membership Committee Doug Bayley 7:30 p.m. Walking Tours Schedule Ann Hunt 7:45 p.m. Greenways Project Jim Gale Penny Kriese 7:55 p.m. Volunteer Park Trust update Doug Bayley David Dougherty 8:10 p.m. Magnolia Park Boulevard Restoration update…

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March 2014

Olmsted Conference at Stanford University – March 27-28

March 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - March 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., John Charles Olmsted's brother and business partner, did a large part of the firm's work in California. His work there influenced the firm's work in Washington state and this National Association for Olmsted Parks symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Olmsted design principles and how they were realized in a number of landscapes and how the Olmsted Brothers' work shaped public attitudes toward land use and conservation. The symposium, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.:…

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February 2014

Volunteer Park Tree Walk – February 22

February 22, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Penny Kriese, FSOP board member and Seattle Tree Ambassador, will be leading a tree tour of Volunteer Park on Saturday, February 22nd. The FREE tour will start at 10:00 a.m. from the front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, in the park. It will last two hours and cover a number of the trees included in the recently published Volunteer Park Tree Walk, which is available online from Seattle-reLeaf http://www.seattle.gov/trees/treewalks.htm, now known as Trees for Seattle. Penny is an amazing tour…

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December 2013

A Holiday in Volunteer Park – December 12th

December 12, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sing carols, listen to holiday music from choral groups, enjoy delicious complimentary treats and drinks, and stroll paths lit by hundreds of luminaries during this year's Holiday in Volunteer Park. The Volunteer Park Trust hosts this event in conjunction with the Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Admission to the Conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum will be free as part of the Blitz Capitol Hill Art Walk. To see more venues that will be participating in the art…

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September 2013

Walking Tour of New Zealand Focal Forest in Washington Park Arboretum

September 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join FSOP as we tour the newly opened New Zealand Focal Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum on September 28th, at 10 a.m. We will meet at the Japanese Garden parking lot and the tour will last about 2 hours. Andy Mitton, FSOP board member and The Berger Partnership's landscape architect for the project, will lead the tour. They will talk about the forest's design and its relationship to the other forests in the Pacific Connections Garden. We'll also talk…

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FSOP Annual Meeting – September 28th

September 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Each September, FSOP holds our annual meeting in an Olmsted park following a walking tour. This year we are going to have a potluck lunch at noon on September 28th, in the overlook shelter that has recently been restored as part of the Pacific Connections garden project. The meeting will follow the morning tour, starting at 10:00 a.m., of the newly installed New Zealand Focal Forest. At noon we will gather at the overlook shelter (Google map) for lunch and a short…

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