The old amphitheater still stands — for now (Image: Volunteer Park Trust)
There is still more money to raise but a Seattle Parks District grant will go a long way toward making the planned replacement of Volunteer Park‘s crumbling amphitheater a reality.
$900,000 in funding for the project was announced Thursday in a grant that will help the Volunteer Park Trust replace the park’s old masonry stage “with a modern structure that meets community needs for a versatile outdoor performance space” while enhancing “the historic Olmsted landscape” of the park and putting the facility in full ADA compliance. Continue reading
The construction-covered Seattle Asian Art Museum (Images: CHS)
East Coast transplants may have finally felt at home in Seattle this fall. With a drier than usual and mostly storm-free autumn playing out, the area’s trees have sported colorful coats for longer than usual. CHS visited the misty air above Volunteer Park Monday for a more Seattle-hued look at the colors through the prism of a foggy afternoon to say goodbye to the long stretch of mostly beautiful weather. Rain is in the forecast and pretty soon those leaves are going to be mush. Continue reading
Hilloween 2018 has begun. Over the weekend, hundreds turned out on a foggy Sunday for the first ever Volunteer Park Halloween pet parade. Dozens of fur babies dressed up for the day vying for contest prizes and treats for tricks. You can check out the rainbow dogs, superheroes, not an actual dairy cow, a rabbit, a monkey with a banana dog, and more, below. Continue reading
“If the red rectangle is closed to traffic, the yellow rectangle will be open and vice versa,” SPU says.
When you are a more than 100-year-old city park, you are going to need a little extra work.
Seattle Public Utilities announced it is getting ready to mount a four to six week construction project to upgrade drainage around the historic water tower inside the busy confines of Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park.
SPU says work to repair crushed drain pipes and settlement around the base of the water tower will begin as early as November 4th: Continue reading
The new, smaller, more “intimate” Seattle AIDS Walk circled Volunteer Park and stayed off city streets Saturday with a charity walk and picnic to raise funds to help those living with HIV and AIDS. CHS stopped by to see the walk and to watch for those who stepped up enough to earn “Queen” crowns by raising $1,000 or more in pledges. Saturday’s walk was the 32nd year for the fundraiser benefitting Lifelong that typically raises more than $200,000 for the nonprofit. You can still give here if you would like to help.
More pictures from the 2018 Seattle AIDS Walk, below. Continue reading
The Seattle AIDS Walk will circle Capitol Hill again marking the 32nd year of the important fundraiser.
Annually drawing thousands of participants, the event is now focused on walkers and pledges — and lunch. Organizers are promising “the biggest picnic our city has ever seen” at the start/finish line in Volunteer Park. Continue reading
With $54M worth of structural and design upgrades underway, the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation is just one of several ongoing projects in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. Nearly 120 years after the ridgeland was shaped by an Olmsted design, a passionate cohort of minders advocate, volunteer, and fundraise in order to preserve function and maximize recreation for the community. Sunday, some of these caretakers invite you to get your hands dirty along with them as they spruce up the park.
This Sunday is Fall Restoration Day at the park from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM when volunteers of all ages are invited to meet at the southeast entrance at Prospect and 15th Ave E to help with weeding, mulching and more. There will be free donuts and coffee.
Fall Restoration Day in Volunteer Park
“One of the positives of the park is that it hasn’t changed a whole lot in over 100 years,” said Parks and Recreation project manager Kelly Goold.
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- Water tower crash: A reported teen driver was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning after the car he was driving smashed into a stone retaining wall near the historic Volunteer Park water tower. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the park just after 1 AM following the collision that also reportedly damaged several cars. There they found the driver still in the vehicle and passed out at the wheel. He was not seriously injured and was taken into custody for investigation of DUI without incident. No serious damage to the rock wall was reported. Continue reading
Seattle’s layer of wildfire smoke is forecasted to be partly blown away by ocean winds Thursday night and into the weekend. But a fuzzy view from Volunteer Park might be something to get used to.
Some forecasts indicate the smoke will thicken again by Monday — and may even be worse than the dangerously low air quality we saw earlier this week.
Looking though Seattle’s haze, wildfires are only part of the problem, according to a report from Environment Washington:
With the Trump administration proposing to weaken federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center 3.8 million people in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016, 250,000 people in Yakima experienced 84 days of degraded air quality, and 554,000 people in Spokane-Spokane Valley experienced 51 days of degraded air quality, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
The full, sad report is here.
Celebrate while you can still breathe. Volunteer Park hosts GreenStage this weekend including a performance of The Three Musketeers Thursday night, Henry IV Friday night, and a presentation of Backyard Bard Saturday afternoon.
Born in the park three summers ago, the Lusio light and sound event bloomed in Volunteer Park Friday night before fading away — again — until next year.
The annual free night of art and music drew what appeared to be its largest crowd yet. The word interactive gets abused so much that it means nearly the opposite but at Lusio, the term pays off: Continue reading