Who We Are

The mission of Volunteer Park Trust, a volunteer driven organization, is to restore, protect and preserve 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 city wide destination and a neighborhood park in one of Seattle’s densest, most prominent neighborhoods.

What We Do

Our beloved Park is in need of immediate and longterm stewardship beyond what the city can do. Its future is in jeopardy.

In response to this challenge, the Trust is working in partnership with neighbors, Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Parks Foundation and others.

Current and future projects include:

  • Replace the aging stage with an updated Amphitheater.
  • Organize and host events for all ages, ranging from talks and tours to garden parties and seasonal celebrations.
  • Address water and power sustainability in conjunction with the Conservatory and SAAM
  • Reclaim green areas, complete landscaping and longterm green maintenance and restore central gardens and park entry plantings.
  • Help with future renovations of the water tower including a welcoming, well-lit observation area and improved tree canopy and views.
  • Work to preserve the reservoir, including a perimeter “Sunset Promenade Walk.”
  • Make the park safer and friendlier with better lighting and signs.

You may wonder why Seattle Parks & Recreation isn’t funding this work. Unfortunately, Parks has hundreds of millions of dollars in backlogged maintenance costs and must spread their resources among all the parks.

 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 and Picnic in the Park are hosted by Volunteer Park Trust for the entire community to enjoy.
  • Volunteer. We are a volunteer organization that would love your help. Volunteer opportunities which fit your schedule and maximize your talents are available – whether that’s volunteering at our Spring and Fall Stewardship days, cleaning up the Park at our Second Saturday Work Parties, helping with 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. Every donation, big or small, helps immensely and is received with absolute gratitude. Click here to donate now through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation.
  • Become a corporate sponsor. Click here to go to our Sponsorship page.

Thank you to our current donors and volunteers!

Steering Committee


  • Brian Giddens, Steering Committee Chair
  • Nancy Iannucci, Secretary, Events Committee Chair
  • Ellen Look, Steering Committee Vice Chair, Development Committee Chair
  • Brad Shutzberg, Treasurer


  • Doug Bayley, Landscape Committee Co-Chair, Sustainability Coalition Representative
  • Patty Helberg
  • Benjamin Jenson, Capital Projects Committee Chair
  • Alan Marrero
  • Jennifer Ott, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks Liaison
  • Jane Stonecipher


  • Jeff Crandall, Administrative Services Manager  email Jeff

Other Committees

See a complete list of our standing committees at our Volunteer Page




Thank you to the following donors made gifts to Volunteer Park Trust from January 2015 through December 2015.

$10,000 +

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Employee Matching Gift Program
  • Peach Foundation
  • Seattle Garden Club

$5,000 +

  • Roy Hamrick and Stephen Carstens
  • Barb and Douglas Herrington
  • Ellen Look and Tony Cavalieri

$1,000 +

  • Anonymous
  • Phoebe Andrew
  • Doug and Mary Bayley
  • Bel-Air Garden Club
  • Eric and Tracy Dobmeier
  • Brian Giddens and Steve Rovig
  • Blake and Erika Grayson
  • Winky and Peter Hussey
  • Nancy Iannucci and Harvey Jones
  • Robert Jenkins
  • Pamela and Bob McCabe
  • Marcus and Pat Meier
  • Janice Sears and Thomas Brown
  • Brad Shutzberg
  • Leigh Toner and Christopher Capossela
  • Wyman Youth Trust

$500 +

  • Denis Adair
  • Joel and Sandy Aslanian
  • Lucia Baratta
  • Hugh Rubin and Sally Burkhart
  • Eliza Davidson and Randolph Urmston
  • Vasiliki Dwyer
  • Sibyl Frankenburg and Steven Kessel
  • Gary Fuller and Randy Everett
  • Jane Harvey and Charles Curtis
  • Jane Hedreen and David Thyer
  • Tom and Carolee Mathers
  • Sandy Melzer and Ellen Evans
  • Nancy Neraas and Mike King
  • Sheila Noonan and Peter Hartley
  • Roger Nyhus
  • Anthony Oliver
  • Owen Richards
  • Joe Schneider
  • The Seattle Foundation
  • Pamela and Ronald Taylor
  • Catherine Thayer
  • Judith Whetzel

$250 +

  • Jerry Arbes and Anne Knight
  • Thatcher Bailey
  • Thomas Bayley
  • Boeing Gift Matching Program
  • Michael Cannon
  • Julie Edsforth and Jabe Blumenthal
  • Genevieve Gormley and Ian Freed
  • Laura Inveen and Bill Shaw
  • Allison Augustyn and Mike Kollins
  • Scott and Louisa Malatos
  • Matter/French Family
  • Rebecca Norlander
  • Jennifer and Brad Ott
  • Olivia Pi-Sunyer and Andrew DeVore
  • Susan and Bill Potts
  • The Smukowski Family Sustainability Plan
  • Eve Stacey and John Van Newkirk
  • Stephen Sullivan Designs
  • Liz Thomas and Ron Roseman
  • John Trench
  • Walter Weber
  • Rogers and Julie Weed
  • Larry and Susan Winn
  • Scott and Jennifer Wyatt

$100 +

  • Sarah and Bob Alsdorf
  • Sybil Barney and Joel Shepard
  • Christopher and Cynthia Bayley
  • Mike Burke
  • Mark Busto and Maureen Lee
  • Cassie Carroll
  • Pete and Merrily Chick
  • Robert and Bev Corwin
  • Michael and Sheila Cory
  • Jeff Crandall
  • Barbee and James Crutcher
  • Barbara and Jeff Curran
  • Jennifer Devore
  • Mary Dickinson
  • Jeri and Doug Donnelly
  • Deirdre Doyle and Patrick Berkley
  • Kathleen Drummey
  • Pat and Susan Dunn
  • Thomas and Sandra Eichbaum
  • Gary Fallon and Leona DeRocco
  • Eric Feldman
  • Barbara and Tim Fielden
  • John Flinn and Bill Hollands
  • Laurie and Brian Flynn
  • James Gale and Virginia McDermott
  • Barak Gaster
  • Richard and Mary Beth Gemperle
  • Elizabeth and Zagoroff Goodfellow
  • Marijane Hancock
  • Susan and Benjamin Hempstead
  • C. David Hughbanks
  • Laura Kastner and Philip Mease
  • Ana Kimball
  • Quentin King and Glen Kriekenbeck
  • Bob and Carolyn Kitchell
  • Carolyn Leaver
  • Greg and Corina Linden
  • Julie and Tom Lombardo
  • Jim Marshall
  • Jo and Peter Momcilovich
  • Manette Moses and Dan Jayne
  • Sue and David Nicol
  • Ken and Tomoko Ohno
  • Phebe O’Neil and Brian Neville
  • Karen Pavlidis and Sean Draine
  • Stephen Phillips
  • Pat and Mary Ragen
  • John Rothschild and Laura Vernum
  • Kristin and Chris Ryan
  • Amy and Peter Sajer
  • Frederick and Connie Scheetz
  • Jeff and Julie Schoenfeld
  • Walter Smith and Mary-Alice Pomputius
  • Claude and Susan Soudah
  • Paul Vonckx Jr. and Zanny Milo
  • Martha Ways and Tim Lee
  • Joella Werlin
  • Daniel and Annie Wilson
  • Susan Winokur and Paul Leach
  • Barry and Cora Wixey
  • Steven and Mary Wood
  • Barbara Wright and Dwight Gee

Up to $99

  • Julie Allen and Stephan Doll
  • Suzanne and William Anderson
  • Gina and Timothy Antsey
  • Karin Baer
  • Putnam Barber and Valerie Lynch
  • Dana and Rena Behar
  • Mike Benoit
  • John Berg and Rob Roth
  • Carolyn Blount
  • Tony Bright and Jeff Gregory
  • Carmen Cejudo
  • Kathy Colombo and Pat Morton
  • Michael and Rosemary Dunigan
  • Judy and Marshall Eaton
  • Rebecca Fox and Robert Heller
  • Evelyn Frassrand
  • Lanny French
  • Phyllis Friedman
  • Alice Goodwin
  • Warren Guykema
  • Linda Harris
  • Anson Laytner
  • Margaret Lemberg
  • Rosemarie Lemoine
  • Christopher Maines
  • Reba and Cam McIntyre
  • Beverly McMullen
  • Katherine McWilliams and Curt Feig
  • Erin Miller
  • Sue Nevler
  • Barbara Nordfors
  • Samantha Novak
  • Michael and Susan Peskura
  • Kate Pflaumer
  • Lisa Quinn
  • Rainbow Natural Remedies
  • Meaghan Robbins
  • Nita-Jo and William R. Rountree
  • Charles and Susan Routh
  • Fred and Eleanor Silverstein
  • David and Jannie Spain
  • Susan Strauss and David Lavitt
  • Tiffany Tudder
  • Dan Turner
  • Pat and Ed Wagner
  • Cathy Wickwire
  • Mary Lou and Jim Wickwire
  • Cindy Winegar
  • Jodie Wohl
  • Stephen Worth

Public Support

  • Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
  • Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

In-Kind Support

  • Aegis on Madison
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Dazzling Places.com
  • Hilltop Service Station
  • ORA Architects
  • QFC
  • St. Mark’s Cathedral
  • SANCA Seattle
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Tarsha Rockowitz Design
  • Tully’s
  • Walker Macy Landscape Architects
  • Whole Foods






We want to recognize and to thank the donors and families who helped to create Volunteer Park Trust with their generous gifts of $1,000 or more at any time since our founding in 2012.

  • Phoebe and Lucius Andrew
  • Doug and Mary Bayley
  • Allison Beezer
  • Alan and Sally Black
  • Ashley Ann Bullitt
  • Kay Bullitt
  • Tracy and Eric Dobmeier
  • Vasiliki Dwyer
  • Kathryn Fleischer and David Stein
  • Brian Giddens and Steve Rovig
  • Blake and Erika Grayson
  • Roy Hamrick and Stephen Carstens
  • Doug and Barb Herrington
  • Gretchen Hull
  • Winky and Peter Hussey
  • Barbara Huston
  • Nancy Iannucci and Harvey Jones
  • Lucile and David James

  • Robert Jenkins
  • Tim Kerr and Cynthia Wells
  • Mary Ann and Dave Keyser
  • Mary and Allan Kollar
  • Nancy Larson
  • Ellen Look and Tony Cavalieri
  • Carolee and Tom Mathers
  • Pamela and Bob McCabe
  • Marcus and Pat Meier
  • Harvey Motulsky and Lisa Morton
  • Melissa Ries and Pat Kennedy
  • Janice Sears and Thomas Brown
  • Brad Shutzberg
  • David and Jannie Spain
  • Leigh Toner and Christopher Capossela
  • John and Kristine Travaglini
  • Wyman Youth Trust
  • Jean Walkinshaw
  • Laura Welland and John Jordan