About Us


Who We Are

The mission of Volunteer Park Trust is to preserve and enhance this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come.

Centrally located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park represents the most complete and well-preserved example of the Olmsted Brothers’ design approach for Seattle city parks.

Volunteer Park incorporates one of Seattle’s first reservoirs, built in 1900, as the core of the city’s municipal supply system. The Park also includes a rustic, brick-clad water tower with observation deck, a Conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, an historic shelter house, wading pool and play area, a performance stage, tennis courts, public art and memorials, and significant heritage trees.

Widely used and much loved, Volunteer Park serves as both a citywide destination and a neighborhood park in one of Seattle’s densest, most prominent neighborhoods.

Preserving Seattle’s historic green oasis

Learn more about our current and upcoming projects.

How You Can Help

The future and success of these goals rests with all of us who love the Park. Please join the Trust to ensure that Volunteer Park remains a magnificent urban oasis for another 100 years.

  • Attend one of our fun-filled events. Holiday in the Park, Picnic in the Park and our Halloween Pet Parade are hosted by Volunteer Park Trust for the entire community to enjoy.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities which fit your schedule and maximize your talents are available – whether that’s volunteering at an event or joining one of our committees.
  • Become a Steward of the Trust. All of your donations help us restore Seattle’s historic green oasis to its true glory. Click here to donate now through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation.
  • Become a corporate sponsor. Click here to go to our Sponsorship page.

Steering Committee


  • Brian Giddens, Steering Committee Chair
  • Ellen Look, Steering Committee Vice Chair, Acting Secretary
  • Brad Shutzberg, Treasurer


  • Doug Bayley, Ex Officio, Liaison — Sustainability Coalition
  • Kyle Capizzi, LiaisonFriends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks
  • Patty Helberg, Events Committee Co-Chair
  • Nancy Iannucci, Events Committee Co-Chair
  • Brooks Kolb, Landscape Committee Chair
  • Laura Skelton, Development Committee Chair
  • Jennifer Ott
  • Jane Stonecipher
  • Stephen Worth, Capital Projects Committee Chair

Our Organization Partners

Volunteer Park Trust collaborates with the following organizations on events and projects:

Seattle Parks & Recreation
The Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation maintains and manages the park. Volunteer Park Trust works closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation on capital projects, landscaping, and sustainability projects.

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The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded Volunteer Park Trust three matching grants of $25,000 funding the feasibility study, concept designs, and early schematic designs of for the new amphitheater in Volunteer Park. A matching grant in 2018 also helped fund the Lily Pond Fencing project.

Seattle Parks Foundation
Volunteer Park Trust maintains non-profit status under the umbrella organization, Seattle Parks Foundation, our fiscal agent.

Friends of the Conservatory
The Friends of the Conservatory is a non-profit that supports the historic Conservatory at Volunteer Park. The Trust collaborates with the Conservatory on events and park-wide sustainability initiatives.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
The Seattle Asian Art Museum occupies the original, renovated art deco Seattle Art Museum in the park. The Trust collaborates with SAAM on park-wide sustainability initiatives and capital projects.

Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks
Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks works with the Trust to protect and restore the elements of the park’s plantings, structures, and circulation routes that are related to the plan developed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1909.

Become a Volunteer!

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