About Volunteer Park Trust

The mission of Volunteer Park Trust is to preserve, protect, and enhance this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come.

Capitol Hill Communit Post | Spring Restoration Day to Brighten Up Volunteer Park

This Sunday Volunteer Park Trust will be hosting its annual Spring Restoration Day and invites everyone to come lend a hand from 10:00AM to 2:00PM to make Volunteer Park more beautiful for everyone.

Volunteer Park Trust was founded by friends and neighbors of the park to preserve and enhance Volunteer Park, and is the force behind planning the new Amphitheater.

Their Spring Restoration Day typically draws forty to a hundred volunteers and focuses on a different portion of the park each year to remove invasive plants, re-gravel pathways, pick up litter, mulch and clean garden beds.

The event is family-friendly and kids of all ages are welcome. The Trust will supply gloves and tools, as well as free Tulley’s coffee and Top Pot doughnuts.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust’s Fall Campaign a Success

Thank-you-2-Hi-ResVolunteer Park Trust, the non-profit group formed to restore, preserve and enhance Volunteer Park, has just announced the success of their Fall Campaign.

“Thanks to the incredible outpouring of community support, we met our 2016 fundraising goals,” says Ellen Look, Chair of the Trust’s Development Committee. “We are starting 2017 with renewed energy for caring for the park.”

In addition to hosting free community-wide events such as the December Holiday in the Park and July Picnic in the Park, the Trust harnesses the power of community volunteers to help maintain Volunteer Park’s 48 acres. Monthly “2nd Saturday” work parties and semi-annual restoration events bring scores of people to weed, prune, clean, and mulch its many garden beds.

“We already have two school groups scheduled to work in January,” says Look. “And plans are underway for this year’s Spring Restoration event.”

Volunteer Park Trust is also leading the Amphitheater Project to replace the park’s aging performance stage with a modern new facility. The project is currently in the schematic design phase. A public meeting to share information and provide an opportunity for input is planned for late February.

More information on Volunteer Park Trust can be found on their website: http://volunteerparktrust.org/

Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust Receives 4Culture Award

4culture_color-LODGING-TAX4Culture has awarded Volunteer Park Trust $2,500 per year for 2017 and 2018 through the Preservation Sustained Support program. The grant provides vital funding to support the non-profit organization’s mission to preserve and restore the historic property of Volunteer Park.

This was the Trust’s first year applying for this grant, which is a highly competitive process. Preservation 4Culture “works with partners in the field to support historic preservation of buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.”

Funding for this program comes from both state and county sources, and Volunteer Park Trust wishes to thank 4Culture along with Dow Constantine, King County Executive, the King County Council, and the Washington State District 43 Legislators: Senator Jamie Pedersen, Representative Brady Walkinshaw, and Representative Frank Chopp.2016-VPT-Fall-Restoration-Day-12016-VPT-Fall-Restoration-Day-2

Capitol Hill Community Post | Holiday in the Park Needs Volunteers on December 8th

2015-Holiday-Set-UpVolunteer Park Trust is seeking volunteers to help set up its Holiday in the Park event on December 8th.

If you have the afternoon free, come help assemble the 600 luminarias that will transform the evening park into a magical wonderland. We’ll also be setting up canopies and hanging decorations. Volunteers are asked to sign up using Google Forms here: bit.ly/HolidayGoogleVol

Everyone will meet at the Black Sun sculpture in Volunteer Park at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 8th. We’ll be working until the event starts at 6:00 PM but even if you can only help out an hour or two every hand is needed!

For more information contact Jeff Crandall: Jeff@volunteerparktrust.org
You can also see the volunteer call on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/333635820331596/2015-Vol-22015-Vol-1

Capitol Hill Community Post | Holiday in the Park to Bring Festive Cheer to Volunteer Park

VPT_HolidayInThePark2016_CHCC_Main_500x500Holiday time is here and Volunteer Park Trust is once again presenting its fun, festive and free event Holiday in the Park on Thursday, December 8th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

Over 600 candlelit luminarias will line the pathways of Volunteer Park transforming the promenade into a magical wonderland of lights. The live choral performance this year include the inspiring voices of The Total Experience Gospel Choir, the hilarious and Figgy Pudding award-winning Beaconettes, the all-inclusive Columbia City Community Chorus, and Sing Noel.

Volunteer Park Trust will be giving out free cocoa and cookies thanks to donations from Tulley’s Coffee and Whole Foods. And the children’s activity booth returns offering kids and toddlers the chance to float a Make-A-Wish boat.

If you need to take the chill off of the December evening, the Volunteer Park Conservatory will be open late, offering its tropical warmth to everyone.

For those interested in the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project, consultants ORA Architects will be on hand to get your feedback on their Schematic Design proposals. Look for them on the promenade by the Amphitheater Project sign.

More information on Holiday in the Park can be found on the Volunteer Park Trust website: http://volunteerparktrust.org/events/
And you can check out the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1782332942040820/Volunteer-Park-22Holiday-in-the-Park-hi-res-make-a-wish

Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust to Plant New Gardens for Fall Restoration Day

VPT_FallRestorationDay2016_WhoFish_500x320Volunteer Park Trust, the volunteer-driven organization working to preserve and restore Volunteer Park, is planning their annual Fall Restoration Day for September 18th. The popular community event brings over a hundred volunteers to plant, weed, mulch, and remove litter and invasive plants from beds.

This year will bring the culmination of two major garden beds funded in part by the Peach Foundation and the Seattle Garden Club. The empty beds, located near the north lily pond along the park’s main concourse, have been prepared over the past months at the Trust’s monthly work parties. Now the site is ready for planting such flowering and berry-producing perennials as Daphne, Epimedium and Hypericum.

As part of its mission to restore the park to its original Olmsted Brothers landscape design, the Trust is going back to the 1910 planting plans for reference on what to include in the new gardens. Not everything can be restored to the original species, however. “The areas at both ends of the Lily ponds were originally in full sun. They’re now in nearly full shade and among the roots of huge Atlas cedars. We have tried to duplicate flower color and foliage to match the original with plants that succeed in shade,” says Doug Bayley, former chair of the Trust and current co-chair of the Landscape Committee. The garden plans have gone through extensive review and approval by Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Since its founding in 2012, Volunteer Park trust has worked to beautify Volunteer Park’s main concourse in preparation for the coming renovation and temporary closure of Seattle Asian Art Museum. “After these two beds are planted, that completes our primary efforts in the central portion of the park,” says Bayley. “We want to keep the park beautiful and active for neighbors and visitors alike.”

The Trust invites neighbors, friends and families to join in the gardening any time from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 18. Gloves and tools will be provided, and no gardening experience is needed. As always, the Trust fortifies its volunteers with free Tulley’s coffee and Top Pot doughnuts.

The Trust is also the organizer behind the new Amphitheater coming to Volunteer Park, and co-serves in the Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition working to create green solutions for the park. For more information on the nonprofit you can visit their website at: http://volunteerparktrust.org/2016-Fall-Rest-Photo-Option-22016-Fall-Rest-Photo-Option-3

Capitol Hill Community Post | Free Ice Cream at Volunteer Park Trust’s Summer Picnic

2015-Picnic-in-the-Park-2Once again Volunteer Park Trust is hosting its fifth annual free celebration of summer: Picnic in the Park. Founded to preserve and enhance Volunteer Park, the Trust produces events to help activate the park and bring the community together. All are welcome on Thursday, July 21st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Grab and a picnic blanket, tell your friends, and come enjoy fun for the whole family, featuring:

• Live music provided by LoveCityLove
• Performances by the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
• Fantastic food trucks including:
* Dante’s Inferno Dogs
* Spicy Papaya
* Cheese Wizards
* Rancho Bravo
* Where Ya At Matt
• FREE Cupcake Royale Ice Cream provided by Volunteer Park Trust while it lasts!
• FREE flavored water provided by Aegis Living

The crowds will be gathering at the Great Lawn on the west side of the park. Don’t miss out!VPT_PicnicInThePark2016_CHCC_Gallery424076102113_ebaa7b6e8a_z

Capitol Hill Community Post | Spring Restoration Day Spruces Up Volunteer Park

2016-Spring-Restoration-Day-66Over 45 exceptional volunteers braved the rain and threatening thunderstorms Sunday to help out at Volunteer Park Trust’s Spring Restoration Day. The annual event manages large landscaping projects in Volunteer Park in a single day. This year crews cleared out two major garden beds west of the lily ponds by removing selected large, overgrown rhododendrons. Also, thanks to a generous donation from Wyman Youth Trust, a bare patch of ground was also planted with beautiful, rugosa roses.

“The rhododendrons are favorites for a lot of park visitors,” says Doug Bayley, Chair of the Trust’s Landscape Committee. “But they are not original to the park and they weren’t in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan. Removing these will bring some much needed light into the gardens and allow for multi-story plantings with ground covers and medium-sized flowering shrubs.”

Many of the rhododendrons were easily 20 years old and had massive root balls that presented weighty challenges to the volunteers. By the end of the day, strength and engineering won out. For their efforts, volunteers were rewarded with free coffee donated by Tully’s on 15th, and free Top Pot doughnuts donated by QFC.

The newly revealed beds are scheduled for further planting by the Trust this fall. Volunteer Park Trust’s mission is to “restore, protect and preserve this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come.” They work closely with Seattle Parks & Recreation to create lasting change for Volunteer Park.

More pictures of the event can be seen on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136748765@N04/

More information on Volunteer Park Trust can be found at their website: http://volunteerparktrust.org/2016-Spring-Restoration-Day-982016-Spring-Restoration-Day-97

Capitol Hill Community Post | 2nd Public Meeting for Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

Amph-and-Sign-for-Public-MeetingVolunteer Park Trust, the neighborhood nonprofit established to restore, protect and preserve Volunteer Park, is holding a second public meeting for their project to replace the park’s current failing amphitheater. The public meeting will be held at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E Seattle, WA 98112) on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00 PM.

Thanks to a matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, the Trust is completing a year-long Feasibility Study and Design Program that includes traffic and acoustics studies as well as interviews and feedback from dozens of community groups, performance troupes, park users, and the general public. Project lead ORA Architects, along with Walker Macy Landscape Architects, will present and explain the draft study. Public comments on the draft will be included in the final report.

The final report will be used to inform the next phase of the project: Concept Design. More information on the Volunteer Park Trust Amphitheater Project can be found at http://volunteerparktrust.org.Public-Meeting-Social-Media-Share-Pic