Freeway Park Association

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Sports & Recreation


601 UNION STREETSEATTLE, WA 98101 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Freeway Park Association engages and mobilizes people, organizations, and resources to create dynamic public experiences, community-building opportunities and engagement with art and education for an inviting, beautiful, and celebrated Jim Ellis Freeway Park. The Freeway Park Association is the driving force behind Seattle’s most iconic urban park and is a model for public/private partnerships for the stewardship of public places.


The Freeway Park Association is a 501c3 membership based and community driven non-profit organization who has been working alongside the Seattle Parks Department since 1993 to activate and advocate for Freeway Park.

FPA started as a few concerned neighbors hoping to bring life back into their aging neighborhood park. Today we are a coalition of dedicated community members and volunteers, 15 organizational members, 11 volunteer board members and 3 staff - an Executive Director, an Outreach & Engagement Coordinator and a Lead Park Ambassador. Our members and volunteers make up the backbone of the Association and represent our neighbors from First Hill and Downtown. We are also supported by a diverse array of partners who provide programming, funding and outreach.

FPA has been a community partner to Seattle Parks & Rec since 1993. Our work includes advocacy and fundraising to support capital projects like the widened 8th ave underpass, the 2010 landscape renovation and the Freeway Park Improvement Project. We also develop dynamic activation and events like Dancing til Dusk and the Community Lanterns programs.


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by Jude O. (July 6, 2023)
I had the absolute joy of volunteering at the Freeway Park recently. I'm aware of this park as it's a place that I sometimes walk through in Seattle. Volunteering helped me appreciate a whole new side of it (and the hard work it takes to keep it beautiful). A dozen or so of us spent an active 90 minutes planting a flower bed under the expert eye of a city of Seattle master gardener. It was joy and great chance to learn about the programs in the park (free concerts, book fairs, and more) and its history as one of the world's first parks designed to cap a freeway. Very cool. Tip: Dress for gardening. Bring kneepads, if you got 'em. Confirm the location, as it's a pretty large park. Enjoy! This is a great drop-in volunteer activity for a busy downtown professional or a parent of young kids who might have trouble finding weekend time.

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