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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Olmsted Documentary Airs June 28th on KCTS

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 […]

Summer Picnic in the Park – July 10th

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 […]

Deco Night Program – July 25th

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 […]

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

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 […]

2014 Annual Meeting and Walking Tour

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, […]

Fall Restoration Day – Volunteer Park

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 […]

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

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 […]

Holiday in the Park – December 11th

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 […]

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

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 […]

Dunn Gardens Centennial Lecture – April 9th

"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 […]

Walking Tour – July 18

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 […]

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

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 […]

Mount Baker Town Center Street Festival – Sept. 20th

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, […]

TreePAC Candidate Forum

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 […]

Come See Us at the NW Flower and Garden Show!

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. […]

Mini Walking Tour in Ravenna-Cowen Parks

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 […]

Volunteer Park Summer Events 2016

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 […]

Join us September 17th 2016 for a Walking Tour and Annual Meeting!

Our final summer walking tour of 2016 will be held at Woodland Park. Meet at 10:00 am at Picnic Shelter #4 west of the off-leash dog park and near the 59th St. entrance to the park on Aurora Ave. Join us to learn more about the Park that was classified in the 1903 Olmsted Bros. […]

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 […]

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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