Recent news:

December 20, 2017 VPT Letter to Seattle City Council in support of the SAAM expansion

For the most current information on the SAAM remodel and expansion visit:

Volunteer Park Trust Statement Regarding the SAAM Remodeling Project

Volunteer Park Path Upgrades (Nov 2018)

Capitol Hill Times: DON grants Volunteer Park Trust $46.5K for lily ponds fencing

Capitol Hill Times: Holiday in the Park 2017

Capitol Hill Times: Trust tables Volunteer Park amphitheater project

Capitol Hill Times:  Volunteer Park Trust plans safer pond fencing, lighting improvement projects

Capitol Hill Blog:  Fall Clean Up Coming to Volunteer Park

Capitol Hill Blog:  Rising Star Lydia Ramsey to Perform at Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park

Capitol Hill Times: Free group yoga summer series returning to Volunteer Park

KOMO4 News: Volunteers help restore historic Seattle park

 Capitol Hill Times:  Community checks out Volunteer Park Amphitheater final design

 Capitol Hill Blog: Hurrah for the new amphitheater

 Daily Journal of Commerce: Work to start in 2018 on new amphitheater

 Capitol Hill Times: Designs for new amphitheater at Volunteer Park nearing completion

 Capitol Hill Times: Coalition explores water conservation strategies for Volunteer Park


Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust’s Fall Campaign a Success

February 1, 2017  VPT letter to Superintendent Aguirre Regarding SAAM Remodeling Project


Capitol Hill Blog: Volunteer Park Trust Receives 4Culture Award

Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust Receives 4Culture Award


Capitol Hill Blog – Fifth annual Holiday in the Park

CHS Pics | Fifth annual Holiday in the Park: hundreds of luminarias, thousands of snowflakes

Capitol Hill Blog – A decade of big Volunteer Park projects

Seattle Asian Art Museum work only part of what could be decade of big Volunteer Park projects


Four Concept Designs Revealed for New Volunteer Park Amphitheater

At their public meeting held on August 31, 2016 at Miller Community Center, the project leads for Volunteer Park Trust’s Amphitheater Project presented four different concept designs under consideration.  Owen Richards, of ORA Architects, and Chris Jones, of Walker Macy Landscape Architects directed a slide presentation showing how the four designs respond to and are informed by the formal Feasibility Study completed in 2015 and took questions from the audience.

Read more about the public meeting in Capitol Hill Times here.

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


Volunteer Park Reservoir Out-of-Service Period Extended to 2017

(Public Notice dated August 23, 2016 from Seattle Public Utilities)

Volunteer Park Reservoir, located in Volunteer Park at 1247 15th Avenue East, was taken out of service in April 2013 for a two-year decommissioning test. The test was to evaluate whether the reservoir could be permanently removed from Seattle’s drinking water distribution system.

During this test period Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) also initiated a seismic evaluation to look at how well the City’s entire drinking water distribution system would perform in a large earthquake. Water storage for both drinking water and fire flow will be an important aspect of this study, and the potential water storage in Volunteer Park Reservoir in a post-earthquake scenario will be considered.

The results from the seismic study have been delayed due to additional analysis needed and are now expected in mid-2017. At that time, SPU will have the critical information it needs to decide the future use of Volunteer Park Reservoir, and whether it could declare the reservoir facilities surplus to its drinking water utility system. If SPU were to proceed with decommissioning the reservoir, Seattle Parks and Recreation would conduct a thorough process to determine the best future parks and recreation use of the property. This process would include many opportunities for public involvement and feedback.

Until the seismic study is complete and a decision is made about the reservoir, it is important to note that SPU is not conducting any community planning activities to identify future use(s) of the property.  At this time, SPU is focused on conducting a complete and thorough evaluation of Volunteer Park Reservoir.

For project updates and additional information, we encourage you to visit the SPU website ( and search for “Volunteer Reservoir.”  You may also contact Cyndy Holtz at (206) 386-1990 or


VPT Amphitheater Project Awarded $25,000 for Phase III

Volunteer Park Trust has been awarded a $25,000 Small & Simple Projects Matching Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to begin Phase III: Schematic Design.  The grant project will begin in October 2016, once Phase II: Concept Design is finalized.  Working in concert with Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Landmarks Board, and Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, Volunteer Park Trust will use this grant to further develop final concept designs into formal schematic designs, and sets the stage for Phase IV:  Construction Documents.

VPT Amphitheater Project Awarded $25,000 for Phase II

Volunteer Park Trust has been awarded a $25,000 Small & Simple Projects Matching Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to begin Phase II: Concept Design.  The grant will cover a three-to-four month period to develop preliminary design concepts, which will be refined and presented to the Seattle Landmarks Board and to the general public.  Headed by project consultants ORA Architects, this phase will result in high quality, full-color, 3-D renderings of what the new Amphitheater will look like, which will allow the Trust to begin fundraising in earnest for the full design costs.

Sustainability Coalition Awarded $25,000 Grant

The Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition — the joint venture of Volunteer Park Trust, the Conservatory, and Seattle Asian Art Museum — has been awarded a major grant from Department of Neighborhoods.  Read more here!

VPT’s Doug Bayley Wins Denny Award

Doug Bayley, chair of Volunteer Park Trust, has received the prestigious Denny Award for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship from Seattle Parks & Recreation – Read all about it here!

Amphitheater Public Meeting

Thank you for coming to our October 15, 2015 Amphitheater Public Meeting – read all about it!
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Sprucing up Volunteer Park during Fall Restoration Day

Read the article from the Capitol Hill Times

UPDATE: Architectural Team Hired

Read the latest Amphitheater Press Release

Volunteer Park Trust gets a grant to study new amphitheater!

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