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:

  • March 14th, 2020
  • April 11th, 2020
  • May 9th, 2020
  • June 13th, 2020

Book event at Third Place Books

Author Paul Talbot will be speaking about his book "Wild Isle in the City" at Third Place Books at March 10th, 2020 at 7pm:

Wild Isle Book Event

Now Available: Wild Isle in the City: Tales from Seward Park’s First 100 years

Wild Isle in the City explores more than a century of natural and human history in Seward Park, Seattle, home to the old-growth Magnificent Forest. With emphasis on environmental history and the ethnic diversity of park users, Wild Isle tells the stories of the Lake People and many waves of immigrants, spawning peamouths and nesting eagles, park visionaries and real estate swindlers, urban development and conservation. A community of contributors has created an intriguing and visually stunning homage to the park they love.

For sale at:

  • Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98118. Hours: 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday
  • Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Hours: 9am-9pm Sunday – Thursday, 9am-10pm Friday and Saturday.
Or order online here. Read reviews on Crosscut and The Restless Nest Blog!

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Seattle Times Fern Article

Please don't miss the Pacific NW Magazine article by Sandi Doughton:
The article contains an accurate summary of the current state of affairs and is accompanied by some nice photographs.

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.

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