List of Olmsted parks in Seattle

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This is a list of Olmsted parks in Seattle.

In 1903, commissioned by the city of Seattle, Washington, the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects planned many of the parks in the City of Seattle as part of a comprehensive plan to create a greenbelt throughout the city.[1][2] The planning continued in several phases, culminating in the final Olmsted-planned park, Washington Park Arboretum in 1936.[1][3]

The existing Seattle Parks and Recreation system has been described as "one of the best-preserved Olmsted park systems in the country".[4]

1903 plan[edit]

1908 plan[edit]


The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation department lists a number of other parks, playgrounds, and playfields "influenced or recommended" by the Olmsteds, including the city's largest park: 534-acre (2.16 km2) Discovery Park.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Park History - Olmsted Parks, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, retrieved 2012-01-12 
  2. ^ HistoryLink and Friends of Olmsted Parks (September 29, 2004), Olmsted Park Plans for Seattle Cybertour, HistoryLink 
  3. ^ Botanic Gardens: History, University of Washington, retrieved 2011-01-12 
  4. ^ Kathy Mulady (April 1, 2003), City celebrates park pioneer Olmsted, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, retrieved 2012-01-12 

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