One hundred twenty acres of old forest.
Three miles of shoreline. Open spaces and pathways
originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers.
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The Friends of Seward Park is a non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. We appreciate your donation!

There is a group of citizens working to preserve
the unique habitat and cultural legacy of this historic park.

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New Meeting Time

The Friends of Seward Park meet on the 2nd Saturday of most months at 9:30 - 11:00 am near the park entrance:

Seward Park Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98118

The next Friends of Seward Park meeting(s) will be:

  • November 11th, 2017
  • December 9th, 2017
  • January 13th, 2018

Upcoming Events


Ferns dying in the Magnificent Forest

Sword ferns are dying off at an alarming rate in the middle of the Magnificent Forest. The Friends have been working with Seattle Parks and Recreation, plant pathologists from Washington State University, and research ecologists from the University of Washington to try to understand what is happening. Research plots have been established to monitor how the die-off progresses and to test simple hypotheses about why the ferns are dying.

To keep up with the latest developments, check the Fern Die-off blog here:

Fern Die-off Blog:

Seward Park Torii Project

For 50 years the Seward Park Torii (Japanese Gate) graced the entrance to Seward Park. Originally built for the 1934 Potlatch Festival, it was given to the city as a symbol of friendship by the Seattle Japanese Chamber of Commerce and placed in Seward Park in 1935. It was finally removed due to aging and decay in 1985-1986. In 2013 FoSP sought community input to develop a design plan for replacement of the torii. We hired Murase Associates to work with the community to develop a plan addressing maintenance concerns and community values.

As of the start of 2017, we have completed the design for a new torii made of stone and wood, and after a highly successful fundraising campaign, the torii committee has obtained building permits and is entering the construction bidding stage.

See our Torii website ( to learn more about the Seward Park Torii and to donate.