Volunteer Park Trust UPCOMING Events

Photo: VPT Spring RestorationSpring Restoration Day

Sunday, April 23, 2017
10AM — 2PM

Volunteer Park — come to the entrance at:
UPDATED INFO: 12th Ave E & E Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112


Come join your friends and neighbors at this fun day making Volunteer Park BEAUTIFUL for everyone. Spring Restoration Day is our annual major park clean-up event and we need your help!

We will be weeding, graveling paths, and preparing garden beds for a beautiful summer. No gardening experience necessary. Gloves and tools will be provided as well as FREE coffee and donuts. 

Come to the park entrance at 12th Ave E & E Prospect St, which is just west of the Water Tower.

Stay for the whole event or as long as you want to help continue our restoration efforts and make Volunteer Park a more beautiful place for everyone.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Tullys’ Coffee, Aegis Living, Mighty-O Donuts, and 4Culture Sustained Support!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
All Day

Online at https://www.givebigseattle.org/VolunteerParkTrust



GiveBIG is an exciting region-wide, one-day fundraising event for nonprofits hosted by Seattle Foundation.

On May 10th, you can donate online with a credit card to Volunteer Park Trust and join the incredible community giving. 

Your gift will help us keep Volunteer Park beautiful with our Restoration events, and help fund our many annual free events, like Picnic in the Park and Holiday in the Park.

GOOD NEWS! Seattle Parks Foundation announced that they will MATCH the first $2,500 in gifts to Volunteer Park Trust.  Your gift is more important than ever to maximize our match!

Also, every donor to the Trust will be invited to our private Spring Reception on June 8th (see below!).

2nd Saturday Work Party in Volunteer Park2nd Saturday Work Party

Saturday May 13, 2017
10AM — Noon

In Volunteer Park:
1247 15th Ave E., Seattle, WA 98112

Rain or shine, come meet your neighbors and friends, and enjoy gardening in Volunteer Park at our monthly 2nd Saturdays Stewardship event, 10 AM to Noon.

You can Like, Share, and Invite your friends on Facebook here!

Look for the sign at the Black Sun sculpture across from Seattle Asian Art Museum to tell you where we’ll be in the park.

We clean garden beds, weed, mulch, and remove invasive plants to keep our park beautiful. No experience needed and we can sure use your help!  We provide gloves and tools.  Remember to dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water.  Please join us!

Photo: VPT Spring Reception2017 Spring Reception

Thursday, June 8, 2017 6PM — 8PM

Private Event for Donors to the Trust


An exclusive event for our donors and community partners, this year’s Spring Reception will be held in a private home on Capitol Hill and feature wine, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet more friends and neighbors of Volunteer Park.

Come get an insider’s update on the Amphitheater and other plans for Volunteer Park. If you’d like to become a donor to Volunteer Park and attend our Spring Reception, you can give now by clicking here.  Thank you!

Photo: VPT's Picnic in the ParkPicnic in the Park!

Thursday, July 13, 2017


In Volunteer Park:
1247 15th Ave E., Seattle, WA 98112

Save the date for our blow-out community-wide summer celebration with live music, food trucks, free ice cream, circus acrobats and more!

Many thanks to our sponsors, including 4Culture Sustained Support.

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Volunteer Park Trust PAST Events

Image: Amphitheater DesignAmphitheater Design – Open House

Thursday, April 6, 5:00 — 7:00 PM

At the Volunteer Park Conservatory
1247 15th Ave E., Seattle, WA 98122

Thank you to everyone who came to see the finished schematic design for the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater at our First Thursday Open House at the Volunteer Park Conservatory with free admission. What a great turnout!

ORA Architects, the design firm leading the project, has been working on many facets of the evolving design to address the needs of performing groups, neighbors, Seattle Parks & Recreation and ADA officials, as well as the Seattle Landmarks Board, acoustic and structural engineers, and the general public.

Throughout this process, the team has maintained a balance between whimsical design and required functionality. A key element of the design is the building’s ability to transform from an enclosed performance space to an open, pass-through pavilion. Also important is the restoration of the west lawn pathway and landscaping, which will bring back the Olmsted intent for the park.

Many thanks to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and Friends of the Conservatory for hosting this important event. And also to 4Culture for providing funding support for our programming.

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Image: Amphitheater DesignAmphitheater Design Feedback Session for Runners & Fitness Groups

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 PM

At Fleet Fleet Sports – on Capitol Hill
911 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Emily Perchlik, former Fleet Feet staffer and current participant in our fun runs, is working on the team designing the new Volunteer Park amphitheater. With runners frequently using the park, we asked for your input into the design and how runners and fitness groups might use the space with its covered roof when it’s not being used for performances.  Thanks to everyone who attended and gave us their great ideas!

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University Prep CHANGE OF PACE Day

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

[Private Restoration Event]

THANK YOU to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade boys who descended on Volunteer Park to help weed, mulch, and clean garden beds as part University Prep’s school-wide day of service.

Sustainability Coalition Public Meeting Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition

Water Usage Public Meeting

Thursday, February 2,  4PM —7PM

Volunteer Park Conservatory Seasonal House
1402 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112

More information about the study can be found at http://volunteerparkconservatory.org/volunteer-park-sustainability-coalition-awarded-grant/

mlk-day-2013-landing-page-lgMLK Day of Service

January 16, 2017

[Private Restoration Event]


THANK YOU to the 50 Members of Phi Delta Epsilon who banding together to once again do major restoration work in Volunteer Park. See pictures on our Flickr page here.

Donate to help Volunteer Park2016 End of Year Giving

THANK YOU to everyone whose community support for Volunteer Park made our Fall Campaign such a success!

Our annual fund raising drive supports our mission to restore, protect and preserve the city and national landmark of Volunteer Park for today and for generations to come.  For 2016 the leadership of the Trust once again  matched gifts up to $25,000.

Click here to read our full ask letter.

As a volunteer-driven organization, Volunteer Park Trust relies on support from the community of neighbors and park lovers to keep going. Your end of year gift will provide much-needed funds for operating costs, materials, plants, and equipment.  We welcome donations from everyone. Any amounts, large or small, are appreciated and will support the restoration and upkeep of the beloved green oasis of Volunteer Park.

If you’d still like to contribute click here to donate through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation. Thank you!


Volunteer Park Trust’s free, non-denominational Holiday in the Park was a big hit in Volunteer Park!  Our annual holiday event featured carolers, free cookies and cocoa, and a children’s activity booth where kids floated candle-lit make-a-wish-boats. Hundreds of luminarias lit the pathways of Volunteer Park creating a magical holiday wonderland!

2016 marked the return of Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Beaconettes, Columbia City Community Chorus, and Sing Noel performing live.

See fabulous PHOTOS of the event on our Flickr site here. The Beaconettes at Holiday in the Park

Read all about it and see more pics in the Capitol Hill Blog here.

We couldn’t have done it without the help from dozens of incredible volunteers.  Thank you!!  See photos of our hard working helpers setting up the event on our Flickr site here.

Holiday volunteers!







And many thanks to Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for a smART Ventures grant to assist with outreach to our underserved neighbors for this event.sac-logo

Giving Tuesday Nov 29thGiving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

THANK YOU  to everyone who so generously gave on  Giving Tuesday, the giving event created to raise funds and awareness for non-profits!

After the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy of Black Friday and the online buying blitz of Cyber Monday, now there is a way to support your community during the season of giving.

If you missed out, don’t worry: it’s never too late to help Volunteer Park with a donation! Simply click here to donate through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation.  You’ll be glad you did!

Walking ToursVolunteer Park Walking Tours

 July 30, 2016, 10AM — 11:30 AM

October 8, 2016, 10AM — 11:30 AM

Our new tours for 2016 explored Volunteer Park’s history and its design by the famous Olmsted Brothers, with its many astounding architectural elements, including:

  • The Art Deco Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Conservatory
  • Water Tower
  • Reservoir
  • Historic Lakeview Cemetery
  • and other hidden gems

We also discussed the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood, originally created by James Moore, and the adjacent “Millionaires Row,” where many of Seattle’s influential and wealthy residents relocated from the downtown area which was rapidly being redeveloped. Past, present and future all in one walking tour with our fantastic docents.

The free events booked up fast.  Look for more tours to come in 2017!

Fall Restoration Day Sept 18Fall Restoration Day

Sunday, September 18, 10AM — 2PM

Thank you to the many dozens of volunteers who came out to Volunteer Park on a beautiful sunny Sunday to plant a huge new garden by the south Lily Pond!

This event marked the finish of years-long planning and preparation, starting with grant funding from the Seattle Garden Club.  A previously overgrown and neglected garden bed has now been transformed back into its original Olmsted design and will produce a field of yellow blooms. Many thanks to Tulley’s Coffee for providing much needed java for the crew. And to QFC for helping fund boxes of yummy Top Pot Doughnuts.

Read more about Fall Restoration Day in the Capitol Hill Times here.  See photos of the event at our Flickr site here. 

Patty Helberg Yoga Instructor Free Outdoor YOGA in the Park

8:30 AM — 9:30 AM every Wednesday in August & September 2016

Thanks to everyone who made our first series of Yoga in the Park such a fun success.  Taught by Patty Helberg certified in Vini and Anusara Yoga.

Where:  Volunteer Park at the northeast lawn by the dahlia beds — directly north of Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • August 3, 8:30 AM
  • August 10, 8:30 AM
  • August 17, 8:30 AM

  • August 24, 8:30 AM
  • August 31, 8:30 AM
  • September 7, 8:30 AM

  • September 14, 8:30 AM
  • September 21, 8:30 AM
  • September 28, 8:30 AM

VPT Amphitheater Project LogoPublic Meeting: Amphitheater Project Concept Design Presentation

Wednesday, August 31, 6PM — 8PM

Project consultants ORA Architects and Walker Macy Landscape Architects  presented models and drawings of the conceptual plans being developed over the summer in consultation with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Landmarks Board and key stakeholder groups.

A short presentation explained how this design was derived from and addresses recommendations in our Feasibility Study, which gathered input from over 30 performance and arts organizations, as well as from neighbors, acoustic and traffic specialists, and the general public.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

WHERE:  Miller Community Center330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Read more about the meeting in the Capitol Hill Times and in the Capitol Hill Blog.

See images of the four concept designs in the Capitol Hill Times here.

2016 Picnic in the ParkSummer Picnic in the Park!

Thursday, July 21, 2016,  6PM — 8PM

What a great picnic! Thank you everyone for coming out to enjoy the great weather, music and food.  The west lawn was just packed with people enjoying the revels of the SANCA circus teams, the fabulous live jamming of Lovecitylove, face painting, four food trucks and the Cupcake Royale FREE ICE CREAM!

We’ve posted a few quick pics to our Flickr site here – more to come soon.

Many thanks also to: Aegis Living for sponsoring our music and giving out free flavored water; Anthonio Pettit and the Volunteer Park Conservatory for all the amazing help; Seattle Parks Foundation for giving free t-shirts, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.  We couldn’t have done it without you!Photo: VPT Picnic in the Park

2016 VPT Spring Reception

Spring Reception

May 12, 2016, 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

A private, free event exclusively for our donors.

Over 65 people attended our Spring Reception at Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park to hear special announcements from our board Chair, and an update presentation by ORA Architects on the status of the Amphitheater project.  The annual event, held for the benefit of our donors and development partners, also featured wine, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet more friends and neighbors of Volunteer Park.   If you’d like to become a donor to Volunteer Park, you can give now by clicking here.  Thank you!

GiveBIG Logo - donate on May 3rdGiveBIG

May 3, 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who made our GiveBIG event such a success.  Your patience through the glitches was commendable!

Every donor to the Trust is invited to our free private Spring Reception on May 12th.  (See the event information above.)

Without the generous contributions of friends like you, we couldn’t continue to make the amazing improvements to our beloved Volunteer Park.  You make a difference.  Thank you!

Spring Restoration Day

April 24, 10:00 AM — 2:00 PMPoster for Spring Restoration Day

THANK YOU to everyone who came out in the rain on Sunday for our Spring Restoration Day!

We had over 45 exceptional volunteers show up to plant rugosa roses and remove some massive, overgrown rhododendrons. The huge rootballs presented weighty challenges to our toughest volunteers, but strength and engineering won out to triumphant cheers.

The removal of the crowded and overgrown rhododendrons (which are not in the original Olmsted plans for the park) brings light into these major garden beds, and allows for planting of healthy, ground covers and medium sized blooming shrubs.

A big thanks also to our terrific sponsors:

  • Tully’s Coffee for providing hot coffee, cups & all the extras
  • QFC & Top Pot Doughnuts for sweetening the day with lots of doughnuts

See more pics of the event at our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136748765@N04/

VPT Amphitheater Project Logo2nd PUBLIC MEETING Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

February 16, 2016 — 6PM to 8PM

Amphitheater Project lead ORA Architects presented the draft of the Amphitheater Project Feasibility Study & Design Program containing findings and recommendations from their months of community outreach and study.  YOUR public comments will be included in the final published version of this report.  Thank you for being a part of this amazing project and letting us know your ideas and thoughts.

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE:  Miller Community Center330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

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Gardening in Volunteer Park

Monday, January 18th, 10 AM to 3:00 PM




What a great MLK Day of Service! We had not one, but TWO amazing volunteer groups and over 50 volunteers:

Seattle University Women’s Law Caucus brought 15 people working for 5 hours in the south side of the reservoir prepping for spring planting – removing and sheet mulching sod, weeding, mulching, etc. They had time left over to mulch groups of large trees south of the museum. Wow!

Phi Delta Epsilon, the UW medical fraternity, brought 20 people for 3 hours. They stripped sod, turned soil and mulched the bed triangle at northwest corner of the reservoir, preparing the area for rugosa rose planting. They also edged and mulched the south bed edge all along the reservoir. Incredible!

Special thanks to volunteer Ben Streissguth and our VPT Steering & Events Committee members and families who helped set up, direct, and take down for the event.

A big shout out to Aegis Living who provided coffee and giant cookies for everyone.

The enthusiasm, energy and cheerfulness among participants was great, and produced results far exceeding our expectations for the day. Thank you everyone!


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Sponsored by Volunteer Park Trust

Thursday December, 10th, 6-8:00pm


Our fun and successful event was extremely popular — over 1,200 people enjoyed free cocoa, cookies, and four different choral groups!  Read more here.

2015 Holiday Volunteers


For helping make Holiday in the Park such a success!

See pictures of the event at our Flickr site here.


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PUBLIC MEETING Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

Thank you for coming to our first Amphitheater Public Meeting – read all about it!
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