About Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Our Mission

Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks (FSOP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage and raising awareness of the Olmsted philosophy of providing open space for all people.

What we do

FSOP hosts programs and creates educational materials to expand public knowledge and appreciation for the extensive Olmsted legacy in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle's parks and boulevards system, the University of Washington campus, the Washington state capitol grounds, and many residential subdivisions and private estates.

FSOP also works closely with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and other public agencies to provide independent review of projects in Seattle’s Olmsted Brothers-influenced parks and boulevards. FSOP helps ensure that proposed changes preserve or enhance the role the park or boulevard in the park and boulevard system John Charles Olmsted planned for the City of Seattle between 1903 and 1912 and that they are consistent with the designs developed by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects firm for the individual landscapes.

Who we are

The FSOP board is composed of citizens with expertise in landscape architecture, history, horticulture, arboriculture, business management, and urban planning. A number of our board members are involved in the preservation and revitalization of individual Olmsted-influenced landscapes in addition to their participation in FSOP's work.

Our meetings are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters in Denny Park. The public is welcome to attend.

FSOP Board Members

Annie Vasquez Strategic Planning

Mark Sindell Landscape Architect

Frank Klause Business Executive, retired

Douglas Jackson Landscape Architect, retired

Donald Harris SPR Manager, retired

Andy Mitton, Past President Landscape Architect

Douglas Luetjen, President-Elect Attorney

Jenifer Rees, President Landscape Architect

Bob Baines Past Parks Employee

Sue Nicol Horticulturist/ Certified Arborist

Kyle Capizzi, Treasurer

Eliza Davidson Architect / Landscape Designer / Urban Forester

David Dougherty Business Owner/Seattle Olmsted Trust

Jim Gale Public Health Professor Emeritus / UW open space for all people

Ben Streissguth Co-Manager Streissguth Gardens

Advisory Board

Jerry Arbes Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

Susan Olmsted Landscape Architect

John Barber Open Space Advocates, Friends of Frink Park

Anne Knight Designer/Planner, Olmsted Researcher

Brooks Kolb Landscape Architect, Past FSOP President

Kate Krafft King County Landmark Coordinator

Carla Rickerson UW Special Collections; Founding FSOP Board Member

Virginia Wilcox Past Member Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

Penny Kriese Past FSOP board member, Tree Advocate

Ann Hunt Past FSOP Secretary

Jennifer Ott Past FSOP President, Historian

Contact Us

[email protected]

PO Box 9884
Seattle, WA 98109

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