Olmsted Park restoration projects selected

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce five Olmsted sites have been selected to receive funding for improvement projects from the current Seattle Park District funding cycle.

The five sites are:

  1. Lake Washington Boulevard parks  – Colman Park
  2. Magnolia Boulevard
  3. Queen Anne Boulevard
  4. Schmitz Boulevard
  5. Hiawatha Park – North Parking

These five out of the ten historical Olmsted parks and boulevards were prioritized based on community feedback received in early 2019 as well as a set of criteria that included feasibility, equity, recent improvements, and fundraising potential.

Thank you to the over 1,300 people who participated in the online survey and helped us prioritize the ten sites (Magnolia Blvd., Queen Anne Blvd, Lake Washington Blvd. parks (Lakeview Park, Colman Park, Mount Baker Park), Hiawatha Park, Volunteer Park, Schmitz Park, Woodland Park, and Washington Park Arboretum) for funding allocation.

Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and Boulevards began as a dream the City of Seattle had in the late 1800’s for a beautiful system of landscapes among urban growth. This vision was implemented in the form of parks throughout the city designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. The basis of design for these parks was to allow access to attractive open spaces to provide peace and respite for people from all walks of life.

To review the survey results and stay up to date on the projects please visit please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/olmsted-parks-and-boulevards-restoration-project