Volunteer Park News: Restoration Day, GiveBIG, Amphitheater and more
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The Season for Outdoor Beauty
Cherry Trees in Vol Park

Volunteer Park is flourishing with blooms this season.  If you haven’t had a chance to get to the park, now is a beautiful time to do it.  Take a stroll, walk the dog, photograph the blooms, or even chance a spring picnic in the sun.  The park is open and available to everyone!
Here at the Trust new opportunities are blooming as well. Our Amphitheater Project has published its final report and now moves into Phase II.  Department of Neighborhoods has just awarded us a $25,000 matching grant.  And our Spring Restoration Day is set to plant roses and make lasting change in the park garden beds.
As always, you can help Volunteer Park in lots of ways: Volunteer at our one of our gardening events, join a committee, or participate in the region-wide GiveBIG fund raising event from the ease of your home. 

We have a few secrets we’re sharing early with those who donate to the Trust. If you want to be filled in, a contribution of any amount will get you an invitation to our private, free Spring Reception in May.  

Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy our beautiful park to the fullest.

Doug Bayley
Chair, Steering Committee
Spring Reception
May 12, 6PM—8PM
Spring Reception Invitation

All donors to Volunteer Park Trust are invited to our free, private Spring Reception at Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. 

You’ll enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as you receive exclusive insider updates on the Amphitheater Project from Owen Richards of ORA Architects, as well as the latest news on exciting upcoming changes in the park’s garden beds, and more!

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.  If you haven’t made a gift yet, you can wait to donate through GiveBIG, or you can give today through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation by clicking here.  Thank you!
Friends of the Conservatory
Spring Plant Sale

May 14, 10AM—3PM
Conservatory Plant Sale Photo

Don't miss the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s ever-popular spring sale, featuring a wide variety of orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants, tropicals and much more.  Friends of the Conservatory Members receive 10% discount and early admission.
Join us April 24th for
Spring Restoration Day
Help plant roses and beautify gardens in Volunteer Park
Spring Restoration Day Volunteers Gardening

Come garden with us in Volunteer Park! From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday April 24th we’ll plant roses, clear garden beds, do some weeding and have lots of fun. This is a great event for kids and families, and lovely way to meet friends and neighbors.

No gardening experience necessary. Gloves and tools will be provided as well as free coffee and doughnuts.  Stay for the whole event or as long as you like to help continue our restoration efforts and make Volunteer Park a more beautiful place for everyone.
For more details and to let us know you’re coming, check out
our Facebook page here. And you can see fun photos from last year’s event here.

GiveBIG logo
on May 3rd
Donate online and have your gift stretched by Seattle Foundation

GiveBIG is an exciting region-wide, one-day fundraising event for local nonprofits.  And YOU can make a difference.

On May 3rd, you can donate to Volunteer Park Trust online with a credit card and have your gift stretched with extra dollars from the Seattle Foundation, up to $2,500 per person.

This year you can pre-schedule your donation as early as April 18, so there will be no scrambling on the day of the event.

To donate on April 18 or later, just click here: DONATE with GiveBIG

All donors to the Trust will be invited to our free private Spring Reception on May 12th. (See sidebar for more information on this exclusive event.)

Please Give BIG on May 3rd. Without the generous contributions of friends like you, we couldn’t continue to make the amazing improvements to our beloved Volunteer Park.

Amphitheater Project logoAmphitheater Project
Final Report Published and New Grant Awarded
Our year-long project to create a Feasibility Study & Design Program for the new Amphitheater in Volunteer Park is wrapping up with the publication of the final report. The 90-page document contains photos, data, public input, and recommendations compiled from meetings with over 30 performance groups, local community organizations, and the general public.
Of note are the recommendations to move the Amphitheater from its current location to a site slightly northwest, to include a green room that can be used as classroom space, and to include a roof over the structure. 
You can download and read the whole report from our webpage here.
But we’re not stopping there. Volunteer Park Trust has already been awarded a $25,000 matching grant from Department of Neighborhoods to begin Phase II: Concept Design.  The grant will cover a three-to-four month period to develop preliminary design concepts. These will be refined and presented to the Seattle Landmarks Board and to the general public. 

The mission of Volunteer Park Trust is to restore, protect, and preserve this city and national landmark for today and for generations to come.

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