Five Years: A Legacy of Restoration
— By Doug Bayley
In 2012 Volunteer Park Trust started out with more than a vision — we had a detailed, purposeful plan. We knew that in order to realize our major long-term goals we’d have to start small. We knew we’d need to build important relationships with Seattle Parks and all the Park’s stakeholders. We also knew that we could only produce results by relying on local donors and lots of volunteers.
Five years later we can point to our successes with pride:
- The main concourse is newly replanted, beautiful, and cared for — an outcome we prioritized knowing that the SAAM closure could possibly make the central section of the park less welcoming.
- Two major garden beds by the lily ponds have been cleared and replanted, restoring the 1909 Olmsted planting plan.
- We’ve worked with Parks to make major repairs to the aging irrigation system.
- Three main entrances to Volunteer Park have been cleaned up thanks to over a dozen community restoration events and numerous hours of volunteer help.
- We’ve partnered with the Conservatory and SAAM to establish the Sustainability Coalition, finding green solutions to the park’s energy us
Volunteer Park Trust has proven to the community that we are dedicated, effective, and here for the long haul. We can now look to more major projects in Volunteer Park: the Amphitheater, Reservoir, Water Tower, and turning the southeast entrance to the park into a welcoming gateway.
We’re proud to have achieved our initial goals. We’re grateful you’ve helped us along the way. With your continued support, ideas and volunteer time, we can work together to accomplish even more in the next five years.