Funding the Beach at Be’er Sheva Park

Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks is very pleased to lend our voice in support of the Be’er Sheva Park Capital Campaign. This project will create a beautiful and welcoming beach at the park, in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. It will also fulfill part of Olmsted’s vision for shoreline access in this neighborhood.

Addressing Homelessness in Seattle’s Parks

Please note: following is a letter, written by Park Commissioner Tom Byers and addressed to Mayor Durkan and the City Council, addressing homelessness in Seattle’s parks.  We at Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks support his recommendations.  We greatly appreciate his phased, balanced approach to providing shelter and resources, as we do not condone park sweeps […]

Happy New Year!

We offer these many images of Seattle’s parks in a spirit of renewal and hope, with fervent wishes for a healthy and fulfilling 2021! Photo credits: Denise Liftin, Sara Burgess, Caitlin Breen, Frank Klaus, Laura Marie Rivera, Jenifer Rees, Sheena Eaton, Bill Baron.


Olmsted in Seattle is published by HistoryLink and distributed by University of Washington Press and can be purchased at The Washington State Book Awards, now in their 54th year, are presented by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library. The awards honor Washington authors and will be […]

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Emergency Tree Removal on Queen Anne Boulevard

Seattle Parks and Recreation took emergency measures to remove an infected tree on W McGraw Place, part of Queen Anne Boulevard, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The Parks Dept. briefed FSOP on the need for the emergency removal Tuesday afternoon and received approval from the Landmarks Board early Wednesday. The tree, a mature Norway maple […]

Historical photo showing rustic road bridge in Interlaken Park

Call for Volunteers

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. Board activities include consulting on park improvement projects, creating and organizing walking tours, advocating for our historic parks, and partnering with community groups […]

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Self-Guided Tour of Seward Park now Available

We now have a second self-guided tour script available online! The tour will lead you through Seward Park and introduce you to its historical design, natural features and ongoing cultural events.

black lives matter

The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks mourn the tragic loss of life due to injustice, racism, or intolerance.  We remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, Roger Reese and Barry Lawson, and countless others as we condemn the continued violence and oppression against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  We, as did the […]

Photo showing forest environment of Interlaken

Self-Guided Walking Tour Now Available

We are happy to announce that the first of our self-guided tour scripts is now available online. The tour will lead you through Interlaken Park and along Interlaken Boulevard, learning about historical events and designs that helped shape this forest oasis within our city.

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