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

Friends of Seward Park
join us

New Meeting Time

The Friends of Seward Park meet on the 2nd Saturday of most months at 9:30 - 11:00 am in the Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard, near the park entrance. There is no meeting February 13th.

The next Friends of Seward Park meetings will be March 12th, April 9th, May 14th and June 11th, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Hanami - flower viewing. In March and/or April, look for our guided cherry blossom walks. We explore the different kinds of Japanese cherries and the history of Japanese diplomacy and gifts in the park.

Native Plant Appreciation Week - April 24-30. Look for our annual native plant walking tour around this time.

Tree Walk - Tree Ambassadors introduce some of the park's trees.

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. We have currently raised more than 60% of the cost of a new torii made of stone and wood.

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