Volunteer Park Trust

The mission of Volunteer Park Trust is to restore, protect and enhance this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come. The park is in need of more immediate and long-term stewardship than the city can provide. Its future and its legacy are in jeopardy unless we act now.

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Website: http://volunteerparktrust.org/
Address: Volunteer Park Trust c/o Seattle Parks Foundation 105 S Main St Ste 235
Seattle, WA 98104-3476
Email: info@volunteerparktrust.org
Phone Number: 206-353-9148
EIN: 91-1998597
Neighbors and friends founded Volunteer Park Trust to fully realize the dream for Seattle's crown jewel.  Volunteer Park is surrounded by a dense urban population and provides people of all ages and economic backgrounds a green oasis in the heart of the city. We partner with other organizations to: restore the park to its historic glory; make the park safer and more inviting to all; ensure sustainability and the wise use of resources; and to provide opportunities to enjoy the park and engage with community members. 


AMPHITHEATER PROJECT: We are working to replace Volunteer Park's failing performance stage with a state-of-the-art Amphitheater. Through an open public process, we have completed a Feasibility Study, Concept Design, and Schematic Design and are now beginning Design Development. We will embark on a Capitol Campaign for the project in late 2017.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: In 2017, Volunteer Park Trust will continue to build community by hosting special events - a summer Picnic in the Park with live music, food trucks, circus acrobats, and free ice cream; our December Holiday in the Park with carolers, festive luminarias, and free cocoa and cookies; and our Spring and Fall Restoration days that bring hundreds of volunteers to work to improve Volunteer Park.

RESTORING GARDENS: Volunteer Park Trust hosts a 2nd Saturday Work Party each month to remove litter and clean garden beds. We maintain the garden beds we have restored, especially those around the lily ponds. We will continue to identify neglected beds in the park and work to remove invasive species and weeds, and to restore gardens guided by the 1909 Olmsted planting plan.

IRRIGATION REPAIR: We are working closely with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation to update the park's antiquated irrigation system. In 2015 we commissioned a study of the current system. In 2016 we raised funds and helped coordinate the upgrade, repair, and expansion of the irrigation system at the park's south lawn near the Water Tower.

SUSTAINABILITY: We partner with the Volunteer Park Conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum to address park-wide use of water and electrical resources, seeking green solutions for the future of the park. Our 2016 park-wide feasibility study is being followed up with a formal analysis of how the study recommendations can be implemented.

FUTURE PROJECTS: We will participate in the community planning activities for the reservoir and water tower that will occur after the citywide seismic study on drinking water is completed in 2017.