Seattle Urban Walk – Volunteer Park (CAI-PNW) – Saturday, February 12, 2022


Seattle Urban Walk – Volunteer Park (CAI-PNW) – Saturday, February 12, 2022

Join Steve Johnson for a Seattle urban walk. Ride the light rail from Northgate to University Station…more information will be provided at time of registration.

To take advantage of the train, we’ll meet at the Capitol Hill Station. The idea is to walk to the University Station (Husky Stadium) via Volunteer Park. The distance is about 3.1 miles with minimal elevation gain. Dress accordingly. 

A little history on Volunteer Park:

·       Volunteer Park is a 48.3-acre park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

·       In 1876 the City purchased 40 acres for $2,000 from a sawmill engineer, J. M. Colman.

·       Ordinance 642 in 1885 defined the purpose as “Washelli Cemetery” but two years later it was changed to “Lake View Park” and gravesites were ordered removed. By 1893, the Department had cleared about six acres of timber and planted a nursery supplemented with a greenhouse and hotbed.

·       Between 1887 and 1904 the park was improved with paths, lawns, beds of flowers, tables for picnickers, and children’s swings, together with native growth.1904-1909 the Olmsted Brothers prepared formal plans –  lily ponds, children’s wading pool and shelter, combination pergola, music pavilion and conservatory building – all completed by 1912.

·       Volunteer Park is home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory, a botanical gardenconservatory, and Seattle landmark located at the north end of Volunteer Park and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, home of an extensive Asian art collection, making it one of the most beloved treasures in our cultured city.

Bring: Water, snacks, raingear/warm clothing, ORCA card or cash for light rail

RSVP to Steve Johnson by February 4, 2022