Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail Grand Opening

Community invited to come celebrate and “Loop the Loop”

Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation invite the community to the grand opening celebration of the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m.

The day will be filled with festivities along the path, including music, free snacks, food trucks, a talk by outdoors writer Craig Romano and an opportunity to explore the new multi-use trail. The official opening remarks and “vine-cutting” ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at the Birch Lot off Lake Washington Blvd E.

The new multi-use trail daylights the creek, gives greater access to the wetlands and  collections, and fulfills the Washington Park Arboretum values of education, recreation and conservation.  Visit http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/04/03/new-arboretum-trail-daylights-creek-gives-greater-access-to-wetlands/ to read more about the completion of the trail.

Parking is limited and organizers are encouraging people to carpool, take public transit, bike or walk to the event.  For  more information on the event please visit https://www.arboretumfoundation.org/events/loop-trail/


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Architectural firms invited to submit a Request for Qualifications for Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all interested architectural firms to submit qualifications for the Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study. Seattle Parks and Recreation, in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are engaging in a pre-design study to build a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The pre-design study Request for Qualifications is due by February 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST.

Through a competitive, Request for Qualification process, Seattle Parks and Recreation will hire a consultant team. The purpose of the pre-design phase is to undertake an in-depth study to define the final scope of the project. The pre-design phase scope of work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Development of a business plan
  • Defining program elements and space allocation
  • Site analysis
  • Concept level location siting options (three)
  • Preliminary building designs for the new facility – LEED Gold
  • Marketing product of at least three renderings
  • Parking study
  • Permitting requirement identification
  • Building and construction cost estimates
  • Construction timeline

The $200,000 in funding for the RFQ process is provided by the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation. The subsequent planning, design and construction work outlined in future agreements is not funded. The University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation will be leading the fundraising for any future developments associated with the Environmental Education Center.

For more information on this RFQ please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-environmental-education-center-predesign-study or contact Susanne Rockwell at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133.



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May is Asian Pacific American History Month

Seattle is the perfect place to celebrate Asian Pacific American History Month. Asian Pacific Americans have played significant roles in Seattle’s history and there is a thriving community with lots to explore including public art, museums, the Chinatown/International District and everything in between.

Lunch + Learn
Friday, May 13 | 12-1 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Please join us for a special Lunch + Learn, celebrating Asian Pacific American History Month. Artists Akio Takamori, Diem Chau, and Humaira Abid will present their work and how it reflects their cultural heritage. Curated by Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Program Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Please bring your lunch; beverages and food for thought will be provided.

Places to explore:

Chinatown/International District
Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is located southeast of Pioneer Square. The historic district built largely between 1909 and 1929 is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places. It is home to vibrant storefronts, restaurants, produce markets, and museums.

Parks to explore:

Hing Hay Park
423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Hing Hay Park “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings” is the International District’s primary public square and features an ornate grand pavilion that was a gift from the people of Taipei.

Kubota Garden
9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
The Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape blending Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. It was created by Japanese American Fujitaro Kubota in 1927.

Seattle Japanese Garden, Arboretum
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112
Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, this is a spectacular 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.

Cultural Organizations:

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Founded in 1966, the museum was named after Wing Luke (1925-1965), the first Asian American to hold public office in the Pacific Northwest.  The Wing explores the culture, art and history of the pan-Asian Pacific American experience and is the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest as well as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Their mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, 98112
The Seattle Asian Art Museum resides in a 1933 Art Deco building in the Olmstead-designed Volunteer Park. Their collection of Asian art includes historic and contemporary Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, Filipino, and Vietnamese art.

Burke Museum
4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, founded in 1885 is a research and collections based museum dedicated to cultural heritage and biodiversity. The museum’s long term exhibition Pacific Voices features the arts, ceremonies and stories of Asian and Asian American cultures and communities around the Pacific Rim.

Densho is a digital, public history organization. They work to preserve and share stories of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II by recording firsthand accounts, digitizing historical images and documents, and developing classroom resources. Densho’s work is nationally acclaimed with awards from the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award and the Oral History Association.

5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Opened in 1926, the interior of the 5th Avenue Theatre incorporates design motifs from Imperial China’s Forbidden City, Temple of Heavenly Peace, and Summer Palace.


*Information included from the Visit Seattle’s Cultural Guide

Construction of Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum begins

Community encouraged to visit Looptrail.seattle.gov and sign up for construction updates

Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are happy to announce the beginning of construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Drive, creating a 2.5-mile path through the Washington Park Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Ohno Construction for the paved, multi-use Arboretum Loop Trail.

The Arboretum will remain free and open to the public throughout construction. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. We may temporarily close or reroute some trails when work is taking place nearby. To receive meeting notification and construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is key in mitigating the effects of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

For more information about the project visit: LoopTrail.seattle.gov. If you have questions email looptrail@seattle.gov or contact project manager Garrett Farrell at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 233-7921.




Parks to host community update on multi-use trail in Arboretum

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Washington Park Arboretum Multi-use Trail. This community update will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E.

The Arboretum Multi-use Trail project provides a pedestrian and bicycle loop trail through the Arboretum. The community update will provide information on the design, the construction timeline and impacts to the park and neighborhood. The meeting will focus on the improvements on the south end of the trail. For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists at the south end of the park, the City is exploring options to make 31st Ave. E a one-way street southbound.

The preferred design presented at a public meeting in February 2014 took into consideration public input from public meetings held in 2011-2012. Seattle Parks and Seattle Department of Transportation staff will be at the meeting to answer questions and collect feedback. The community is encouraged to participate and all are welcome.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from the Washington State Department of Transportation to fund implementation of the Arboretum loop trail. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is key in efforts to mitigate the impact of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge.

For more information about the project, please visit: seattle.gov/parks/projects/arboretum/trail.htm. If you have questions, please contact Garrett Farrell, Project Manager, at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 233-7921.