Who We Are


The mission of Volunteer Park Trust is to preserve and enhance 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 citywide 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 long term 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, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, and the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Current and future projects include:

  • Enhance park safety by replacing the wire fencing around both Lily Ponds with beautifully designed, sturdy, metal fencing.
  • Upgrade the park’s 40 lamp posts with energy efficient LED lighting, new globes, and new paint.
  • 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 the park.
  • Reclaim green areas, complete landscaping and long-term green maintenance, and restore central gardens and park entry plantings.
  • Help with future renovations of the Water Tower.
  • Work to preserve the Reservoir, including a perimeter “Sunset Promenade Walk.”
  • Make the park safer and friendlier with better signs.

You may wonder why Seattle Parks and 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


Officers

  • Brian Giddens, Steering Committee Chair
  • Ellen Look, Steering Committee Vice Chair, Development Committee Chair, Marketing Committee Chair
  • Jessica Obenauf, Secretary
  • Brad Shutzberg, Treasurer

Members

  • Doug Bayley, Sustainability Coalition Representative
  • Ian Forrest, Marketing Committee Chair
  • Patty Helberg
  • Nancy Iannucci, Events Co-Committee Chair
  • Benjamin Jenson, Capital Projects Committee Chair
  • Brooks Kolb, Landscape Committee Chair
  • Alan Marrero, Events Committee Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Ott, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks Liaison
  • Laura Skelton
  • Jane Stonecipher

Contact

  • Jeff Crandall, Administrative Services Manager  email Jeff

Other Committees


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

 


 Donors


 

Thank you to the following donors who made gifts to Volunteer Park Trust from January 2016 through December 2016.

$50,000 +

  • Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

$10,000 +

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Employee Matching Gift Program
  • Ellen Look and Tony Cavalieri
  • Barb and Douglas Herrington

$5,000 +

  • Eliza Davidson and Randolph Urmston
  • Roy Hamrick and Stephen Carstens
  • Pamela and Bob McCabe

$2,500 +

  • Brian Giddens and Steve Rovig
  • Nancy Iannucci and Harvey Jones
  • Lucile and David James
  • Brad Shutzberg

$1,000 +

  • Aegis on Madison
  • Alaska Airlines Matching Gifts
  • Anonymous
  • Doug and Mary Bayley
  • Sally Burkhart and Hugh Rubin
  • William Etnyre and Michael Lonesome-Etnyre
  • Amy and Eric Friedland
  • Kathy and Albert Greenberg
  • Patty Helberg and David Smukowski
  • Winky and Peter Hussey
  • Robert Jenkins
  • Greg and Corina Linden
  • Tom and Carolee Mathers
  • Microsoft Matching Gifts
  • Anna and Matthew Moore
  • Janice Sears and Thomas Brown
  • Leigh Toner and Christopher Capossela

 

$500 +

  • Denis Adair
  • Anonymous
  • David Camenisch and Laura Kates
  • Michael Cannon
  • Barbara and Jeff Curran
  • Eliza Davidson and Randolph Urmston
  • Blake and Erica Grayson
  • Gretchen Hull
  • Marie Huwe
  • Pam and Jack Jolley
  • Mike and Barb Matter
  • Sandy Melzer and Ellen Evans
  • Susan and Rohan Oommen
  • Jennifer and Brad Ott
  • Olivia Pi-Sunyer and Andrew DeVore
  • Joe Schneider
  • Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures
  • Jane Stonecipher
  • Stephen Sullivan
  • Pamela and Ronald Taylor
  • CJ Voss and Anne Lyons
  • Walter Weber
  • Judith A. Whetzel
  • Stephen Worth

$250 +

  • Joel and Sandy Aslanian
  • Daniel Becker and Will Quantz
  • Boeing Gift Matching Program
  • Kate Burns
  • Mark Busto and Maureen Lee
  • Amanda and Emmett Doerr
  • Alan Fine and Carol Terry
  • Joseph and Terri Gaffney
  • Genevieve Gormley and Ian Freed
  • Jane Hedreen and David Thyer
  • Quentin King and Glen Kriekenbeck
  • Judy and John Lavelle
  • Lisa Lederer and Brody O’Harran
  • Alan Marrero and Mary Franko
  • Jana Mohr Lone
  • Paul Neal and Steve Hamilton
  • Rebecca Norlander
  • Janet O’Leary and Debbie Smith
  • Anthony and Corvidea Oliver
  • Pinnacle Gardens Foundation
  • Kimerly Rorschach
  • Kristin and Chris Ryan
  • Melanie Schaffer
  • Catherine Thayer
  • Rogers and Julie Weed

$100 +

  • Barry and Patty Abrahamsen
  • Julie Allen and Stephan Doll
  • Suzanne and William Anderson
  • Amy and Geoff Anderson
  • Anonymous
  • Sybil Barney and Joel Shepard
  • Dana and Rena Behar
  • John Berdes
  • Richard Campbell
  • Cassie Carroll
  • Pete and Merrily Chick
  • Cynthia and Daniel Chirot
  • Michael and Sheila Cory
  • Jeff Crandall
  • Barbee and Jim Crutcher
  • Karen Daubert and Jared Smith
  • Michael Davidson and Gertrude Pacific
  • James Degel and Jeanne Berwick
  • Mary Dickinson
  • Lavinia Downs
  • Kathleen Drummey
  • Pat and Susan Dunn
  • Thomas and Sandra Eichbaum
  • Gary Fallon and Leona DeRocco
  • Charles Ellis
  • Ann Fasano
  • Jessica Feldman
  • Samuel Finn
  • Robin Fleming and Bernie Russell
  • John Flinn and Bill Hollands
  • Barbara Floyd
  • Anne and Stan Friedlander
  • Phyllis Friedman
  • James Gale and Virginia McDermott
  • Anu Goel
  • Doug Green and Barbara Manning
  • Andrew Hamel
  • Marijane Hancock
  • Amy Harper
  • Jeffrey Hedgepeth
  • Carol Hoerster
  • Evan Hughes
  • Vana Ingram
  • Serena Jean Ketcham
  • Ana Kimball
  • Ted and Susan Klastorin
  • Ramneek Kooner
  • Paula Langbehn
  • Julie and Tom Lombardo
  • Blake Mann and Scott Dickinson
  • Matt Markl and Kristina Hotz
  • Scott and Shelley McIntyre
  • Jo and Peter Momcilovich
  • John Narver and Roberta DeVore
  • Sue and David Nicol
  • Sheila Noonan and Peter Hartley
  • John and Lindy Odland
  • Diana Oviedo Guzman
  • Susan Payne
  • Pat and Mary Ragen
  • Charles B. Ragen
  • John Rothschild and Laura Vernum
  • Jackie Saunders
  • Frederick and Connie Scheetz
  • Jeff and Julie Schoenfeld
  • Shari and Jonathan Schwartz
  • Pat Siggs
  • Laura Skelton
  • Ruth Smith and Edward Telcs
  • Maxine Snyder
  • Claude and Susan Soudah
  • Beth Studer and Chris Stevenson
  • Francis and Leigh Van Dusen
  • Paul Vonckx and Zanny Milo
  • Michael Weidemann
  • Ms. Joella Werlin
  • Susan Winokur and Paul Leach
  • Christina and Philip Wohlstetter
  • Bryan and Sally Yates
  • Stephen Zavaleta

Up to $99

  • Adobe Systems Inc. Matching Gifts
  • Sarah and Bob Alsdorf
  • Denis Altudov
  • Sally and Bart Amey
  • Anonymous (5)
  • Kenn Arning
  • Beatrice Ashburn
  • Putnam Barber and Valerie Lynch
  • Hugh Barraclough
  • Bill’s Off Broadway
  • James Blatz
  • Carolyn Blount
  • Steve Bowles
  • Beverly Bradshaw
  • Don and Lois Brewer
  • Brooks Kolb LLC Landscape Architecture
  • Mike Burke
  • Caron Cargill
  • Joan Clement
  • Maria and Charles Coldwell
  • Ann Condon
  • Mary Connors
  • Susan Dahl
  • Maggie and Michael De Laurentis
  • Michael and Rosemary Dunigan
  • Judy and Marshall Eaton
  • Jo Ann and Tom Feher
  • Marcia Foster
  • Evelyn Frassrand
  • Elise Friedbauer and John Myer
  • Joseph and Katherine Galagan
  • Shawn George
  • Susan Glynn
  • Susie Hammond
  • W. Craig and Susan Harrison
  • William and Mary Ann Henderson
  • Marlon Herrera
  • Robert and Phyllis Holzworth
  • Margaret Horrigan and Terry Foster
  • Evaline Huntington
  • Milo Johnstone and Christopher Bachtel
  • Sumedh Kanetkar
  • Karen Kershaw
  • Beret and Michael Kischner
  • Bob and Carolyn Kitchell
  • Suzanne Kotz and Steve Tarnoff
  • Penelope Kriese
  • Miko Lacsamana
  • Karen Larson
  • Margaret Lemberg
  • Michael Mackillop
  • Margery Mackinnon
  • Anne and Jon Manos
  • Reba and Cam McIntyre
  • James McKinlay
  • Jacob Miner
  • Kyleen Niccolls
  • Nintendo of America Inc Matching Gifts
  • Samantha Novak
  • Athena Pangan
  • Mary H. Pease
  • Michael and Susan Peskura
  • Sandra and Steve Ramsey
  • Dagmar Randolph
  • Susanna Reynolds
  • Alma Rolfs
  • Sarah Ross-Viles
  • Susan Salem
  • Craig Schreiner
  • Bryce and Chris Seidl
  • Ron and Larilyn Stenkamp
  • Claire Stimson
  • Julie Stohlman
  • Susan Strauss and David Lavitt
  • Emiko Takahaski
  • Polly Teeter
  • Cabell Tennis
  • T-Mobile Matching Gifts
  • Tiffany Tudder
  • Dan Turner
  • Pat and Ed Wagner
  • Cathy Wickwire
  • Sherry Willis
  • Cindy Winegar
  • Tim Wood
  • Alysha Yagoda

 

 

 


In-Kind Support


  • Aegis on Madison
  • Bill’s Off Broadway
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Dazzling Places.com
  • Hilltop Service Station
  • Lab5 Fitness
  • ORA Architects
  • QFC
  • Rainbow Remedies

  • St. Mark’s Cathedral
  • SANCA Seattle
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Seattle Glassblowing Studio
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Tarsha Rockowitz Design
  • Three Dollar Bill Cinema

  • Tully’s Coffee
  • Victrola Coffee
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory
  • Walker Macy Landscape Architects
  • Whole Foods

 

 

 


Founders


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 during our founding years of 2012-2014.

      • 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