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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 Seattleā€™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. […]

Black and white aerial view of linear breezeway structure with slightly larger, peaked square structures at each end and a peaked oval structure bisecting the middle. A drive with pullouts and a broad walk are seen in front of the breezeway. Conifer trees and clipped lawn are in background.

Public Meetings for SAAM Expansion Project in Volunteer Park

Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks has been involved in reviewing proposed plans for the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion project. We wrote a letter in June to the Landmarks Board outlining our concerns about the loss of park land, the need to effectively integrate any modifications into the surrounding park, and the impact […]

Olmsted in the News: Crosscut

Knute Berger’s piece on Crosscut.com, “Seattle Needs Parks, Not just ‘Parklets’”, discusses the importance of the Olmsted park and boulevard system in the lives of Seattleites and looks to the future as laid out in the Seattle 2035 draft comprehensive plan.

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2016 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! Appropriate for all ages and lasting approximately 2 hours. Contact friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about specific tours. July 9thColman Park10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Meet at the parking lot at the base of Colman Park (access […]

Black and white scan of a typewritten page with heading "Schmitz Park" and subheading "Visit by J.C.O. . . . 9th June, 1911."

Olmsted Correspondence Accessible Online

We are excited to announce that the Olmsted Correspondence project is complete! FSOP, working in conjunction with the Washington State Archives, has indexed 29 jobs’ correspondence related to the Olmsted Brothers firm’s Seattle projects. More than 1,200 documents have been scanned and indexed and can be accessed via the Washington State Digital Archives at:https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/2017. The […]

Olmsted designed residential garden tours

Interested in touring Olmsted designed gardens inside The Highlands, another in Broadview and ending with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Dunn Gardens? If so, consider signing up for the 2016 Estate Garden Tour! More information available on the Dunn Garden Website. http://dunngardens.org/upcoming-events

Three New Books about Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.

Seattle’s Olmsted, John Charles, was the nephew and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., known as the father of American landscape architecture. The senior Olmsted was renowned for his work in Central Park, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, among many others. He was also a prolific writer on a […]

colorized photo from old postcard showing aerial view of central plaza, bordered by red-roofed buildings, with cascading pools to large round pool, all centered on-axis with a distant view to Mt. Rainier. Text on postcard reads, "Mt. Rainier and Court of Honor, as seen from the US Government Building, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Wash., 1909. (Official Post Card)"

Summer 2015 Walking Tours Announced

Getting to Know the Seattle Olmsted Park System Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history! They are held on 3rd Saturdays (except August) and begin at 10:00 AM, lasting approximately two hours. Appropriate for all ages. These walks are free […]

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