Seattle Parks Foundation Programs
We manage capital campaigns for community-led public space projects and provide fundraising support, technical assistance, and fiscal sponsorship to 23 community groups implementing park and trail projects in their neighborhoods.
Through the Stim Bullitt Parks Excellence Fund we make $50,000-$150,000 investments in community-led park, trail, and natural area projects that leverage other public and private sector support.
We advocate for sustainable public sector investment in Seattle’s parks, trails, and natural areas.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2013, we helped secure a $2.3 million commitment from the city to restore the Volunteer Park Conservatory, a beloved Seattle landmark. Our success in making the project a priority for the parks department hinged on our commitment to raise $750,000 toward the effort. In just a few months, we raised that amount and an additional $100,000 to establish a long-term fund for maintaining the century-old Victorian greenhouse.
We recently launched a $1.35 million campaign for Seattle’s newest park, a vibrant urban farm in Rainier Beach that is producing healthy food for the community while also serving as an outdoor classroom and learning center for gardening, growing, and stewarding our natural environment.
Located on an 8-acre site in one of our nation’s most diverse neighbor-hoods, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is a safe and welcoming community gathering place where people from disparate backgrounds can build a common sense of purpose and a shared sense of belonging.
Once completed, the farm will involve some 5,000 community members each year, including students, volunteers, neighbors, and naturalists.
Acres of urban farmland will produce more than 10 tons of organic produce each year, some of it to be distributed in Good Food Bags to low-income residents. The farm will include a children’s garden, community learning gardens, and outdoor classroom spaces, a market stand, year-round production greenhouses, restored and protected wetlands along Lake Washington, an orchard, apiaries, native plant nursery, and a compost center.