Header photo: Varied thrush in the Sorbus Collection (courtesy Larry Hubbell).
SR 520 Bridge impacts, Parks Levy & more
As part of our core mission to sustain and protect the Washington Park Arboretum, the Foundation engages in advocacy at the local, city, and state levels. Examples include:
- Our work to minimize the impacts of the SR520 Bridge replacement project on the Arboretum and secure mitigation funding from the project for improvements, such as the Arboretum Loop Trail.
- Our support of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, which allocated roughly $2.5 million to Washington Park Arboretum to fund Master Plan projects such as the Pacific Connections Garden.
Other important advocacy initiatives have included working to secure funding at the state level for Arboretum curation, and working at the city level to secure funding for Arboretum maintenance and operations.
How You Can Help
Please help support our advocacy efforts by joining as a member, by donating to the Foundation, making your voice heard at public meetings, and/or voting to protect our treasured urban green space at the ballot box.
Arboretum Partners doing a celebratory “vine cutting” to open the new Arboretum Loop Trail.
Photo by: @samfuphoto
Oct 15, 2021
Broadleaf deciduous trees such as maples and sourwoods aren't the only stars of the fall foliage season. Deciduous conifers such as larches and dawn redwoods also dazzle with colors ranging from bright yellow to orange to ruddy brown. Depending on the weather, peak...
Oct 13, 2021
Rockwell Automation mulched the Lilac Collection in April with UW gardener Roy Farrow (right).After a year-long pandemic-related hiatus, the Foundation's Corporate and Group Service Program is back in full swing. So far in 2021, eight local companies have sent...
Oct 10, 2021
The Arboretum Foundation recently received a bequest of more than $110,000 from the estate of Alec Bayless. A civic activist, lawyer, grape grower, and—with his wife, Ruthanna—world-traveler who lived on Mercer Island, Alec was involved at the Arboretum in the 1980s...