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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hiawatha Playfield Walking Tour – June 21st

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 […]

Schmitz Park Walking Tour – May 17th

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 […]

Kinnear Park Ribbon Cutting

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 […]

FSOP Board Meeting – April 7

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 […]

Olmsted Conference at Stanford University – March 27-28

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 […]

Volunteer Park Tree Walk – February 22

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 […]

A Holiday in Volunteer Park – December 12th

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 […]

Walking Tour of New Zealand Focal Forest in Washington Park Arboretum

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 […]

FSOP Annual Meeting – September 28th

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 […]

Walking Tour of Volunteer Park

Doug Bayley, FSOP board member and chair of the Volunteer Park Trust, will lead a walking tour through Volunteer Park. Learn about the park's history, the Olmsted plan for the landscape, and the integral role the park's city water system elements (the water tower and the reservoir) play in the park's design. The tour will […]

June Board meeting

Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks P.O. BOX 9884, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98109-0884 SEATTLEOLMSTED.ORG FRIENDS@SEATTLEOLMSTED.ORG Board Meeting, June 3, 2013 – 7:00-9:00 PM Approval of Meeting Notes from the May 6th meeting Announcements: Parks Business/Action Items: Presenters: Combined Sewer Overflow project Andrew Lee, SPU Aaron Luoma, HBB Board Business, Reports and Announcements: Membership Committee report Doug Bayley Olmsted […]

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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