Volunteer Park Trust
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.
The park includes a rustic, brick-clad water tower with observation deck, a Conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, a historic shelter house, wading pool and play area, a performance stage, reservoir, tennis courts, two formal lily ponds, 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.
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, the Seattle Parks Foundation and others.
Current and future project goals include:
- Improve safety of the Lily Ponds by replacing the current wire fencing with sturdy, thoughtfully designed metal fencing that reflects the park’s historic design
- Upgrade the lighting throughout the park by replacing all lamp globes, installing energy saving LED light bulbs, and painting the weathered lampposts
- 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 long-term 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 signs
You may wonder why Seattle Parks and Recreation isn’t funding this work. Unfortunately, Parks has millions of dollars in backlogged maintenance costs and must spread their resources among all the parks.
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.