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.
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.