Author: Volunteer Park Trust (Volunteer Park Trust)

The Amphitheater
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The Amphitheater

We're raising funds to replace the current amphitheater with a new, covered stage in order to expand the use of this outdoor performance space in a one-of-a-kind park setting.

Work begins on water tower
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Work begins on water tower

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has begun work on the Volunteer Park Water Tower to reduce minor flooding on nearby pedestrian pathways. They are upgrading the drainage systems, stormwater grates and piping system, and assure us that they will take precautions to protect all tree roots. During this time, the Water Tower will remain open but...

Halloween pet parade a huge success
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Halloween pet parade a huge success

Volunteer Park was packed last month with crowds of people and their costumed pets attending our first annual Halloween Pet Parade. This October extravaganza featured over 20 vendor booths, food trucks (for both people and pets!), and over 100 entries into our pet costume competition. Participants showed off their creativity, skills, and humor while vying...

Olmsted path restoration underway
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Olmsted path restoration underway

Walking on the east side of Volunteer Park, you may have noticed a lot of construction behind the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). As part of SAAM’s renovation, two historic Olmsted pathways (lost decades ago due to neglect) will be restored. Volunteer Park Trust joined with Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks to have these important...

Lily Pond Railings
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Lily Pond Railings

Volunteer Park Trust replaced the wire fencing around the North and South Lily Ponds with safe, permanent, beautifully designed metal rails.

Access, Openness, and Safety
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Access, Openness, and Safety

To help visitors feel safe and welcome in Volunteer Park we intend to look at ways of opening lines of sight and improve park green spaces. Part of this idea is to restore the lawns and open spaces – a famous feature of all Olmsted landscapes. This would include restoring the flow of lawns around...

Water Tower
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Water Tower

A key future project for the Trust is the restoration of Volunteer Park’s iconic Water Tower, which includes restoring framed vistas in all directions from the observation deck, and improving plantings at the base once the lead-tainted soil is replaced. Through careful tree management, the Trust hopes to recapture lost views from what was at one...