Seattle Parks Foundation 


We support community-led public space initiatives .

We are a philanthropy-based organization, encouraging private sector donors at every level and from every zip code to help create and care for public spaces throughout Seattle.

We cultivate a network of private, nonprofit and public sector partners to advocate for public policy and investment that improves the health and well-being of all residents.

Mission Statement
Seattle Parks Foundation works with volunteers, donors,and community leaders to build and sustain a thriving, accessible, and connected system of public spaces for all people.

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Seattle Parks Foundation
105 South Main Street #235 
(206) 332-9900 

Thatcher Bailey 
Executive Director 


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

Recent Successes
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.

Current Need
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.


The Seattle Parks Foundation plays a critical role in generating financial support for public parks and trails in the City of Seattle. It recently completed its first major project with the opening of the Lake Union Park this past September. It is now focusing on the redevelopment of the Central Waterfront and taking a leadership role on creating a pedestrian and bicycle network linking Lake Union to Elliott Bay.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

6/10/2012 $3,000.00support capital expenses.
12/10/2009 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/18/2007 $50,000.00support development and construction of Lake Union Park.


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