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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 […]

head and shoulders shot of author Jennifer Ott in front of Seattle's downtown library.

Olmsted Book Launched!

Our new book, Olmsted in Seattle, is now available for purchase at local bookstores and online at UW Press and Amazon, following our official launch and presentation at Seattle Public Library on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

book cover with title reading "Olmsted in Seattle; Creating a Park System for a Modern City, by Jennifer Ott and HistoryLink staff." Full color photo of woodland path in autumn.

New Book Due for Release in November 2019!

Look for the release of our much-anticipated book later this fall! This book gives an in-depth account of the Olmsted Brothers’ involvement in the creation of our parks system.

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. You can find the tour script, here.

watercolor of orange, red and gold-colored madrone tree trunk against blue sky.

Call for Submissions – Earth Day

Do you have a favorite photo, memory, or personal artwork that involves one of our Olmsted parks or boulevards, or any of our city parks? We’d love to hear from you!

Screenshot of https://SeattleOlmsted.org/parks/

Check out our new, improved website!

With the help of 4Culture funding and redevelopment by MRW Web Design, the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks now boasts a new website with much more detailed information on its parks, a more accurate and easily viewable map, and new, separate listings for News and Events. We hope you will have fun perusing our site.

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 […]

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