episode eight – seattle: the olmsted network

the original design for Capitol Hill's Volunteer Park

the original design for Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park

Seattle has a healthy and robust park system. Seattleites spend as much time in parks as they do in coffee shops (and that’s a lot of time). Seattle’s amount of parkland is also unusually high for a city it’s size. The park system’s backbone – the Olmsted-designed parks and boulevards- are an interconnected network of parks and greenways that cover nearly every neighborhood in the city, but how did that come to be? On this episode of urbavore we will learn about the dream conceived by city leaders, and by two brothers from the Brookline, Massachusetts, that would come to shape a city around it’s park system.

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