List of Olmsted parks in Seattle

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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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