Past and Present of Magnolia Boulevard

Magnolia Boulevard, one of the parkways recommended by John Charles Olmsted in his 1903 plan for parks and boulevards, has been the subject of two articles in Queen Anne & Magnolia News recently. In December, Monica Wooten wrote about the efforts of the Magnolia Community Club and Seattle Parks, with the support of FSOP, to manage the vegetation along the boulevard. She highlights the successful partnership that has developed to remove invasive plants like Himalayan blackberry, restore lawns along the undulating margin of the street, and manage the fungus-afflicted madrona trees along the bluff. The article can be found online here. A second article delves into the history of the boulevard. It can be found here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Magnolia Boulevard project through the Magnolia Community Club, email FSOP at friends (at) seattleolmsted.org and we’ll connect you with the organizers.

Bicycle path near Ft. Lawton that would become Magnolia Boulevard, 1900. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, Item No. 29857
Black and white photo of asphalt roadway and concrete sidewalk curving to left along top of ridge with a few trees and wide view to open water and distant shoreline. Two-story homes are visible along the left side of the road, across the street from the bluff.
Magnolia Boulevard at Howe, 1955. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, Item 52920

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