Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Discovery Park Walking Tour

Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks – Discovery Park Walking Tour

Secure and preserve for the use of the people as much as possible…of water and mountain views and of woodlands.

– John Charles Olmsted – regarding the landscape of Fort Lawton

Walking tour of Discovery Park learning about Olmsted’s design legacy.

This walking tour will be led by members of both Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and Friends of Discovery Park. Learn about John Charles Olmsted’s original impressions and vision for Fort Lawton, renamed Discovery Park in the 1970’s. Olmsted envisioned this park as the north anchor of Seattle’s inter-connected system of parks and boulevards, extending throughout the city from Seward Park in the southeast.

The tour will begin and end at Discovery Park’s south parking lot, accessed from West Emerson Street near 43rd Ave. From there, we will loop through the central park of the park and the western bluff. The walk is approximately 2 miles long.

You may contact for questions about this tour.


August 17th
Discovery Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Meet in the park’s south parking lot, accessed from W. Emerson Street.

Read more about Olmsted’s Discovery Park legacy here.



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