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Olmsted Legacy Task Force – Final Report

After several months of meetings, presentation, discussion and review, the Olmsted Legacy Task Force came out with its final recommendations report earlier this spring. The set of recommendations can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CTF9hzUI1fjlB5u4Htp21p_iSkCHhX1K Anticipated next steps are adoption of the findings by the Board of Park Commissioners and implementation by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

black and white photo of manicured sloping lawn with crushed rock path on the uphill side. Large trees are in the lawn and along the path in the background.

2019 Summer Walking Tours

Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history!  We meet the third Saturday of each month, May-September.  Tour locations and dates are noted below. Appropriate for all ages and lasting approximately 2 hours. Contact friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about specific tours. May 18thKinnear Park and […]

Black and white photo from 1903 showing eight men standing on grassy slope with copse of trees behind them.

Celebrating April 30 as “Seattle Olmsted Day”!

John Charles Olmsted first arrived in Seattle on Thursday, April 30, 1903, setting in motion the creation of our city’s connected system of parks and boulevards that is still largely intact today. To recognize the Olmsted Brothers’ impact on Seattle’s modern-day parks system and its influence on citywide development, and to honor the firm’s significant […]

Color photo of old cottonwood tree in mown lawn by the shore of Lake Washington on a sunny day.

Looking for New Board Members

Are you interested in becoming more involved in matters regarding our Seattle Olmsted parks and boulevards? Consider joining us! We are currently seeking new members to serve on our Board of Directors and/or our committees. Our board is typically composed of citizens with expertise in landscape architecture, history, horticulture, business management, project management and urban […]

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Update on New and Restored Paths at Volunteer Park

We are very excited that a further piece of Olmsted’s original design for Volunteer Park is now being restored and/or installed for the first time! ‘New’ pathways are currently being constructed, and existing paths repaved, in the park’s eastern greensward as part of mitigation efforts for the SAAM expansion project. A gently sweeping path leading […]

Mountain-shaped fountain at Cal Anderson park

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!

black and white line drawing map of Seattle in 1908, showing hatched areas for existing and proposed parks and boulevard or parkway swaths.

Olmsted Legacy Task Force Meetings in 2018

FSOP is excited to be partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation on the Olmsted Legacy Task Force. The task force is made up of members of the FSOP board, staff members from several city departments, representatives of community organizations, such as Historic Seattle, Volunteer Park Trust, the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Youth Soccer Association, and […]

Color photo of woodland path with arching branches full of yellowing leaves overhead. A lighter path and brighter foliage in background indicate a clearing in the woods. Image is bordered at top and bottom with black bands and light text: text at top reads "Olmsted in Seattle; How the Olmsted Brothers Created Seattle's Park System," and text at bottom reads "by Jennifer Ott and the HistoryLink Staff."

We are developing a book about Seattle’s Olmsted legacy!

The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks has joined with HistoryLink to produce a book about the Olmsted legacy in Seattle. FSOP sees this book as providing a much-needed tool and educational resource toward advocacy and protection of our Olmsted park and boulevard system, which is the foundation of the Seattle park system. Our current Olmsted […]

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2017 Walking Tour Schedule

Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history! The tours are FREE, appropriate for all ages and last approximately 2 hours. Contact friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about specific tours. All tours start at 10:00 a.m. May 20thSeward Park Meet at Seward Park Audubon Center. […]

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