Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project Approved
Volunteer Park Trust is proud to announce that the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has granted a certificate of approval for the Volunteer Park Amphitheater project.
This milestone achievement means that the permitting and bidding phase can now begin, with the new construction and demolition of the existing brick-and-concrete stage planned for late summer. The plans were approved at the Landmarks Board's March 4, 2020, meeting.
The thoughtful design was developed by project lead Owen Richards, of ORA Architects working with Walker Macy Landscape Architects. The new structure responds to Volunteer Park's historic design while accommodating 21st century needs such as ADA access, noise control, lighting, and electrical requirements.
The designs have been through rigorous and thorough community review and approval involving multiple stakeholder groups and public meetings. This process included input from neighbors, park users, and over 30 performance groups who use the current facility. The new Amphitheater will feature a roof, all-gender bathrooms, storage and green room space, full ADA accessibility, and a resilient stage floor that will even accommodate dance performances, making this one of the few outdoor, public dance stages in the country.
The Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project also includes major landscaping improvements which will help integrate the new structure into the park's original Olmsted Brothers-design landscape, and the creation of an ADA-accessible pathway from the park's main concourse down to the Amphitheater stage. Two ADA-accessible parking spaces will also be added to the main concourse as part of the plan.
Volunteer Park Trust has raised over 97% of the needed $3.6 million for this project from State, County, and City funds, private foundations, corporate support, and individual donations. Their fundraising will continue through the end of the year to achieve the final goal.About Volunteer Park Trust: Founded in 2012 with a mission to preserve and enhance Seattle’s Volunteer Park, the Trust is a non-profit working to restore elements of the park to its original 1904 Olmsted Brothers' design, and raise awareness and stewardship of the park through free community events.
About ORA Architects:ORA Architects brings experience in the design of over 20 performance venues and public open spaces. Relevant projects include Symphony in the Glen Pavilion at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Wheeler Theatre at Fort Worden, and Chihuly Garden & Glass at Seattle Center which included enhancements to the landmark Horiuchi Stage.
About Walker Macy Landscape Architects:Walker Macy provides landscape architecture, urban design and planning services throughout the West. Their performing arts experience includes the Amphitheater at historic Mt. Tabor Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Outdoor Stage.
About Volunteer Park: Volunteer Park is located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and serves as the home for the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Volunteer Park Conservatory. A National and City Landmark created in 1912, it is the most fully realized and well-preserved example of the Olmsted Brothers' landscape design in our region. With its sweeping drives, grand trees, stunning vistas, and acres of green lawns, it is considered the crown jewel of Seattle’s park system.
Volunteer Park Trust
Volunteer Park Trust
March 20, 2020