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Olmstead Parks Walk - Volunteer, Interlaken and Arboretum

There are numerous parks in the Seattle Area designed by the Olmstead brothers. Let's do a series of walks through them, combining some of them. There will be paved walkways, gravel walkways, possibly mud, hills and stairs to climb. Please know your fitness level and limitations. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions and bring food and water as necessary for the length of the trip.

Dogs on leash. If you are bringing children they must have a separate guardian than that of your dog, or be in a stroller.

This month we will meet at Volunteer Park and try to connect to the Arboretum and Interlaken Parks. Doing a loop of up to about 8 miles if you are up for it. If not just come out and do one.

Seattle’s park system is a public resource that makes Seattle one of the nation’s most livable cities. Thanks to City leaders who had the foresight to hire the Olmsted Brothers firm, the Olmsted Plan for Seattle’s parks has been the basis of our modern day park system. To learn more about the Olmsted Legacy in Seattle, visit the Olmsted Interpretive Exhibit currently on display at the Volunteer Park Water Tower, located at the south entrance to Volunteer Park.

Volunteer Park http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=399

Interlakken Park: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=3023

Arboretum:http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa.shtml

DIRECTIONS

BY CAR

From I-5 Northbound

  • Take the East Olive Way Exit (exit #166)
  • Bear right on East Olive Way
  • East Olive Way merges into East John St
  • East John comes to a T at 15th Ave E
  • Turn Left on 15th Ave E.
  • In about 3/4 of a mile, the entrance to Volunteer Park will be on your left

From I-5 Southbound

  • Exit at Bolston Ave/Roanoke St (exit #168A)
  • Turn Left on E Roanoke St.
  • Cross I-5
  • Merge into the right lane
  • Turn right at 10th Ave E.
  • Turn Left onto E Boston Street
  • E Boston becomes 15th Ave E.
  • The entrance to Volunteer Park will be on your left (approx 1/2 mile from 10th Ave E.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    February 3, 2013

  • Patty

    Hey wanted to share great day again Kathy... And everyone else too! Good walk, no rain and fun group!

    February 2, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Thanks everybody for joining me on my adventure today. Everybody and dog was able to do the whole thing. It was fun and eerie in the fog. I am sure it is spectacular on a clear day. Beautiful, interesting neighborhoods to wander around in between the parks too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Jackie

    Another great hike- thanks Kathy!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    We are on front of the Asian art museum

    February 2, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    We are meeting at Volunteer Park, by the water tower. As far as I can remember there are no fees or parking meters to park at this park. I will try to confirm this before Friday evening.

    January 31, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Weekend weather is looking good. Keep your fingers crossed. I have mapped out about a 6mile route, which could be extended if weather is dry and trails are good (as I did not include the foster island/uw end of arboretum. Let's play it by ear on Saturday.

    January 29, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Maybe we could grab a bite to eat here afterwards, for a good cause.

    Love delicious vegetarian food? Want to support the animals at PAWS? Then here’s a tasty, animal-friendly deal for you! Enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal at Veggie Grill in Seattle on Saturday, February 2 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and they will donate 50% of your meal’s proceeds to PAWS! Veggie Grill serves up flavorful and craveable 100% plant-based soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and desserts. Dine at Veggie Grill in Seattle on Saturday, February 2, mention this fundraiser and 50% of your food and beverage purchases will be donated to help the animals at PAWS! You can also print out this flyer and present it to your server at the restaurant. We hope to see you there! http://www.paws.org/media/Dine_at_Veggie_Grill.jpg

    January 25, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I normally estimate our walks at 2-3 mph depending on number of participants and conditions (paved flat faster, - rocky, gravelly, hilly a little slower). So probably expect to walk 3-4 hours taking time for photos and snacks. Of course if the weather is not stellar we will not go as far or as for long.

    January 20, 2013

    • Collene

      Thanks - will have to see if I can make the whole thing - we may have to leave early. But very interested to see the Olmstead legacy!

      January 20, 2013

  • Collene

    About how long do you think it will take for the whole 8 mile loop?

    January 19, 2013

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