We are very excited that a further piece of Olmsted’s original design
for Volunteer Park is now being restored and/or installed for the first
time! ‘New’ pathways are currently being constructed, and existing
paths repaved, in the park’s eastern greensward as part of mitigation
efforts for the SAAM expansion project.
A gently sweeping path leading NE from the water tower to the central
area of the greensward was originally proposed by John Charles Olmsted
to connect these two features of the park. On-site discoveries suggest
that this path did originally get built, but it was lost and disappeared
A second, new path extension will formalize an existing “desire path”
into the park at its SE corner. In addition, a new pathway north of the
SAAM museum will replace a former walk leading through the museum’s
service area to provide a cleaner, safer connection between the
greensward and the park’s central concourse.
If you happen to visit Volunteer Park sometime in the next several
months, you will also encounter much temporary fencing — these are in
place for general safety and/or to protect the existing mature trees
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 the project would have on users. You can read our letter here: Landmarks Board Letter.
FSOP will be reviewing revised plans on Monday, September 26th. We will be sending a letter to the Landmarks Board in response to those new plans and posting information on our home page.
Please attend the following public meetings to learn more about the project and to provide feedback on the proposed plans:
SAT OCT 15 2016 Asian Art Museum 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle WA 98112
SAT NOV 19 2016 Asian Art Museum 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle WA 98112
SAT DEC 10 2016 Asian Art Museum 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle WA 98112
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 and open to all, and go on rain or shine. There is no need to register in advance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about specific tours.
2015 Summer Walking Tour Schedule
May 16th Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the University of Washington campus Meet at the entrance to the Burke Museum.
June 20th Washington Park Arboretum Meet at the Graham Visitor Center.
July 18th Madrona Park and Frink Park Meet at Leschi Elementary School parking lot.
September 19th Volunteer Park Meet at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Seattle Asian Art Museum. *This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour.
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.