Archives: Projects

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.

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...

Reservoir and Sunset Promenade
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Reservoir and Sunset Promenade

The Volunteer Park Reservoir was taken out of service in April, 2013 by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) for decommissioning testing and seismic evaluation. After careful study, SPU determined in January 2019 that the reservoir should remain part of Seattle’s drinking water distribution system for emergency response purposes. Volunteer Park Trust has prioritized the re-landscaping of...

Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition
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Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition

The Coalition is comprised of Volunteer Park Trust, the Friends of the Conservatory, and  Seattle Asian Art Museum. Its mission is to make the infrastructure of the Park and its institutions more efficient and environmentally sound.

Irrigation Repair and Extension
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Irrigation Repair and Extension

Thanks to a grant from the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, our first irrigation repair and extension project was completed in late 2015 near the Watertower. Gone are the leaky pipes at the south end of the park, and the long-dry garden beds now have water piped to them.  As we add new...

Seattle Garden Club Bed
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Seattle Garden Club Bed

In 2015, Volunteer Park Trust received a grant from Seattle Garden Club to restore a major bed in Volunteer Park that had been long overgrown and neglected. Now we are proud to announce the completion of the Seattle Garden Club Garden! The project location, southeast of the South Lily Pond, is a large landmarked planting...

Peach Garden II
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Peach Garden II

In June of 2015, Volunteer Park Trust received a grant from the Peach Foundation to design and install the second part of the Peach Garden. The garden is located northwest of the north Lily Pond on the main concourse of Volunteer Park. Over the next two years, Volunteer Park Trust: Prepared scaled drawings of existing plants,...