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In 1903, commissioned by the city of Seattle, Washington, the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects planned many of the parks in the City of Seattle as part of a comprehensive plan to create a greenbelt throughout the city. The planning continued in several phases, culminating in the final Olmsted-planned park, Washington Park Arboretum in 1936.

The existing Seattle Parks and Recreation system has been described as "one of the best-preserved Olmsted park systems in the country". In 2016, the Olmsted parks system was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a multiple property submission.

1903 plan

1908 plan

  • Hiawatha Playfield
  • Schmitz Park
  • Lincoln Park


The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation department lists a number of other parks, playgrounds, and playfields "influenced or recommended" by the Olmsteds, including the city's largest park: 534-acre (2.16 km2) Discovery Park.

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