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:

  • October 13th, 2018
  • November 10th, 2018
  • December 8th, 2018


Friends of Seward Park will hold its annual Board of Directors election during our October meeting. Board positions consist of one year terms, October 2018 to October 2019.

You are welcome to attend this and all monthly meetings (second Saturdays during September to June). Please also consider becoming a member of our Board!

Just send us an email if you are interested and we’ll get in touch with you. Thank you so much for your support.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 AM Seward Park Audubon Center 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle WA 98118

Upcoming Events

We have good news: the Torii Project went out to bid on Wednesday, April 11!

We expect to open the bids on May 2, and as long as the bids are consistent with the funds available, the final phase of the project will be underway. It is hard to predict a completion date, but we are hoping the new torii will be installed as early as this fall.

We hope you joined us April 14th for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, in Seward Park at 11:00am. We learned about the different kinds of Japanese cherries in Seward Park, and about the history of the cherries, lanterns, and the original torii. We also got an update on the current torii project and our plans to film its construction.

Bridge to Beach 2018

All are welcome to participate in the annual "Bridge to Beach Clean Up" to further beautify the Rainier Valley, from the I-90 Bridge to Rainier Beach. Volunteers can register at

Friends of Seward Park is sponsoring the Seward Park Shoreline Project on Saturday, May 12th from 9am-12pm. We will be picking up litter along Lake Washington within park boundaries. Meet in the south parking lot by the tennis courts. This project is family friendly! Supplies, snacks, and water will be provided. A free community lunch wll be held after the vent at the Rainier Beach Community Center.

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.