Seattle Parks Foundation Programs
We manage capital campaigns for community-led public space projects and provide fundraising support, technical assistance, and fiscal sponsorship to 28 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
Several years ago a few Rainier Beach neighbors came together with the dream of starting an urban farm. They mobilized neighbors, community members, and civic leaders to reshape this 8-acre site—long fenced-off from the public—into vibrant, productive cropland.
Already it’s a place where African elders plant and harvest shoulder-to-shoulder with Rainier Beach High School students; where lake-side neighbors tend and weed side-by-side with moms with children in daycare who volunteer their labor in exchange for healthy food for their kids.
Over the past two years, the Friends, Seattle Tilth, and Seattle Parks Foundation, raised $2.6 million to fund the farm’s expansion. When you visit the farm and see the thriving crops, the cooking classes, and neighbors of all backgrounds working and learning together, it’s easy to understand why the farm has inspired such support.
South Park sits on the western banks of the Duwamish River, which is so polluted it has been deemed a Superfund site. The community is far more exposed to air pollution and contaminated waste than anywhere else in the city and has far less tree canopy and open green space. Life expectancy here is 13 years lower than the average of other Seattle neighborhoods.
“We need healthy spaces,” says South Park resident Paulina Lopez. Lopez was one 400 residents who worked for months to create the South Park Green Space Vision plan, funded by Seattle Parks Foundation. The plan identifies 10 priority public space projects (for which the Parks Foundation will now help raise money), ranging from improvements to a very undeveloped waterfront park to a new plaza in the heart of the business district to green pathways connecting it all together.