Community invited to celebrate the gift of Julia Lee’s Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Parks Foundation and the Knudsen family invite the community to the celebration for Julia Lee’s Park, a new City park, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 from noon to 1 p.m. The event will feature music, light refreshments and a program to begin at 12:30 p.m.  This celebration honors the Knudsen family gift of Julia Lee’s Park, located at E Harrison St. & Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, to the City of Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Calvert Knudsen established Julia Lee’s Park in 1993 as a statement of his love for his wife and life partner Julia Lee Roderick Knudsen who passed away in 1990. “Our father created this park as a physical representation of the depth and power of love between him and our mother,” said their daughter, Page Knudsen Cowles. “He believed that a small neighborhood park in Madison Valley would uniquely serve as a memorial to her, while further enhancing the greater Madison Park community with a natural, quiet place for reflection and enjoyment.”

The park holds an piazza style garden, handsome wooden benches and has become a green and peaceful meeting place for Madison Valley residents of all ages.

The Knudsen Family is pleased to donate this special park to the City of Seattle and encourages the community to attend and learn more about the park.

For more information on the park please visit Or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.






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Seattle Parks Foundation hosts ‘Estate Planning for Women,’ Oct. 9

The Seattle Parks Foundation will host a free seminar on estate planning for women on Thursday, Oct. 9. There are two seminar times and locations to choose from:

1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Seattle Public Library – Beacon Hill Branch
2821 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Parking for both seminars is free. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 6, to Betsey Curran at or call 206-332-9900 ext. 15.

In the U.S., women live an average of five years longer than men and often have the final say in how much of their family wealth will go to loved ones, favorite causes and community foundations. In this free seminar, estate planning attorney Mark Reinhardt of Rehberg Law Group will answer your questions and explain how women of all ages can update or begin their charitable planning.

Seattle Parks Foundation is pleased to co-host this session with: The Arc of King County, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, KCTS 9, Legal Voice, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, Millionair Club, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, Seattle Goodwill, Seattle Public Library Foundation, Seattle Symphony, South Seattle College, Swedish Medical Center Foundation, and United Way of King County.

Volunteer in honor of Love Parks Day Aug. 15

It’s like a Valentine for the trees.

Join Seattle Parks Foundation and EarthCorps for Love Parks Day on Friday, Aug. 15! Show your appreciation for the City’s park system by volunteering in Cheasty Greenspace.

Volunteers will remove invasive plants and spread woodchip mulch to prepare areas of the park for winter planting. Invasive plants like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry can outcompete native plants and interrupt the balance and cycle of a healthy, functioning forest.


All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, water bottle and lunch. Small and large groups are welcome. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, please visit

Please contact Seattle Parks Foundation Development and Community Engagement Director Lee Warnecke at 206-332-9900 ext. 16  with questions.