© 2022 Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Tax ID: 91-1998597

Our History

Founded as a nonprofit partner for Seattle Parks and Recreation and fueled by the energy of civic leaders whose efforts to build a 60-acre “Seattle Commons” in South Lake Union were twice thwarted at the ballot box in the mid-1990s, Seattle Parks Foundation became an independent nonprofit in 2001.

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We see our role as being an amplifying force for philanthropy, planning, and advocacy. Our donors have stepped up time and again so everyone in Seattle can feel connected to safe and beautiful green spaces. The $59.3 million they have contributed through Seattle Parks Foundation since 2001 has mobilized at least four times that amount in public-sector support for projects ranging from Lake Union Park to Junction Plaza Park in West Seattle, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, Yesler Terrace Park, Olympic Hills Park in Lake City, and Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.


In a city where a lot of planning happens, but many plans stay on the shelf, we have funded and guided efforts that have resulted in civic-scale transformation of public spaces. We published and successfully advocated for implementation of the Bands of Green plan, which has guided work on enhanced green streets and trail connections throughout the city, including the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop and the Lake2Bay Corridor.


After managing the successful 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy campaign, we commissioned Sustaining Seattle’s Parks: A Study of Alternative Strategies to Support Operations and Maintenance of a Great Urban Parks System, which provided a framework for the four-year effort to establish the Seattle Park District. With guidance and support from nonprofit partners around the city, we led the successful “Parks for All” campaign that established a permanent funding source for equitable delivery of service and capital investment throughout the park system.


In the Duwamish River Valley, we piloted a new way of thinking about park investments in underserved neighborhoods. By funding community-led planning efforts, we facilitated collaboration among neighborhoods, nonprofits, donors, and city agencies to advance an equitable, coordinated public space and community development agenda. Today, new parks and trails are under construction throughout the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods.


In our increasingly dense city, the need for green space has never been more urgent, and residents are responding. In 2014, Seattle Parks Foundation sponsored 40 community-led park projects. That number has since more than doubled. In response, our donor base has likewise expanded—from 967 donors in 2014 to more than 2,000 in 2018.

Success Stories

Since 2001, donors have contributed $59.3 million through Seattle Parks Foundation to support more than 200 community-led park projects spanning almost every neighborhood in the city. Below is a list of completed projects and initiatives.

12th Ave Square Park

133rd St. Neighbors

2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy

2014 Metropolitan Parks District

40th & Whitman

4Culture Long Walk

83rd & Greenwood

83rd St. neighbors

88th St. 

92nd St.

97th St. 

Alton Neighborhood at Meadowbrook

Andover Park

Arbor Heights

Bailey Gatzert Elementary

Bands of Green Report

Beacon Hill Elementary Playground

Beer Sheva Park (2002)

Bees to Salmon

Benefit Park

Betty Bowen Viewpoint

Brighton Park/Hillman City Field Day

Cascade Land Conservancy

Central Seattle Greenways

Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop

Chicago St. 

Chromer Building Parklet

Colonnade Park

Columbia City Gateway

Concord Elementary School Playground

Counterbalance Park: An Urban Oasis

Dayton Ave 

Denny Park

Densmore Ave

Discovery Park Habitat Garden

Downtown Seattle Families

Dravis to Bertona

Fitness Zones

Frink Park Memorial

Georgetown Heights

Graham Hill Imagination Garden

Hitt's Hill Park

I-5 Colonnade Park 

Ivanhoe St.

Jackson Park Trail

John C. Little Park

Junction Plaza Park

Kay Bullitt Park

King County Parks

Lake People (Xacua'bs) Park

Lake Union Park

Lakewood Triangle

Leschi Park

Licton Springs

Madrona Woods

Magnolia Blvd.

Maple Elementary Play Areas

Marshall Park

McGilvra Place

Meadowbrook & Mathews Beach

Mighty O Parklet


Muddy Lotus Festival

North Queen Anne Tribe

Parks Funding Study/Parks For All

Pioneer Square Pergola

Powell Barnett Park

Puget Ridge

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland

Riverside Drive

Schurman Rock

Seattle Children's PlayGarden

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Seward Park Play Area

SouthWest QueenAnne Greenbelt

Summit Ave 

Thornton Creek Park 

Thyme Patch Park Entry

Tree Program

Uptown Parklet

Uptown Triangle Planning 

Victory Heights Community Council 

Volunteer Park Conservatory Fund

Volunteer Park Entry

Volunteer Park Lily Ponds

Volunteer Park Play Sculpture

Volunteer Park Trees

Volunteer Park Water Tower

Walking on Logs

Wallingford Triangle

Waterway #18

West Seattle Junction

West Seattle Parklet

Westlake Playground

Whitworth Discovery Area

Woodland Park Rose Garden

Yellow Swing Program

Yesler Swamp

Yesler Terrace Park

Yesler Terrace P-Patch

York Park