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 9th
Colman Park
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot at the base of Colman Park (access from Lake Washington Boulevard).

August 20th
Magnolia Blvd 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot on Magnolia Blvd W near Howe St.

September 17th
Woodland Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the parking lot near the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling area.
*This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour in Shelter #4 (up the hill from the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling building).

color photo of six individuals standing under arbor on a sunny day. All are facing to the right, apparently at someone off-camera.
Washington Park Tour, 2015.

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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Olmsted 200. Celebrating Parks for All People

We are a proud partner of the Olmsted 200 campaign, a nationwide bicentennial birthday celebration of the democratic values and enduring influence of the visionary American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Join the celebration at Olmsted200.org