Hello friends,

Fall in Freeway Park is magical! Have you seen the larches in their full golden glory? Have you seen the fallen maple leaves perfectly framed against the dappled concrete? The color is coming slowly to the park this year but every day we see more and more so get yourself over here before you miss the show :)  

With a full team for the first time in a long time, FPA is planning lots of special fall and winter programming. A doggy costume contest?! Our first ever illuminated art installation and free coffee/tea at the book-carts coming soon. See you out there!
- Riisa Conklin
Executive Director
Fall Fest 2021
T H A N K Y O U !

Fall Lantern Festival was a beautiful autumn night in Freeway Park. We collected a great number of donations from community members, enjoyed fresh empanadas from Rapa Nui Foods, seasonal donuts from Half & Half Doughnuts and live music from multiple local musicians. Pasquale, Garlic Gulch Boys, and Judd Wasserman, you activated the park perfectly whilst we enjoyed the glow of the lanterns above. 

A special thanks goes out to the volunteers! Your support helped to make Fall Fest run smoothly. And of course to our resident artist, Carrie Barnes, who led Painting Parties in the park months leading up to the festival, and who put together each lantern by hand (even after the glue gun tried to stop her), we cannot give you enough appreciation and love.

Be sure to check out our Flickr page to download photos taken by Al Fann Photography! They brought a new light to the park we hope you enjoy, because we sure did. Until next year...

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Programs & Events

First Hill Autumn Clean Up
Saturday, October 23rd
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Meeting in Seneca Plaza

Join your neighbors for a clean-up walk through First Hill! Tools will be provided by Seattle Public Utilities and treats will be provided by Top Pot Doughnuts. We are partnering with the First Hill Improvement Association to keep our park and the wider neighborhood safe and beautiful. After meeting in Seneca Plaza we will disperse in teams to cover different areas of First Hill. Come one, come all. Sip some coffee, eat some donuts, and start your Saturday with some morning service!

Park Pups Spooktacular 
Thursday, October 28th
5:00-7:00 pm
Upper Lawns 

Happy Howl-O-Ween! Get your friends and family in the spirit with a four-legged costume contest! Treats will be provided (for dogs & humans) along with ghost stories and head pats. We will have raffle prizes donated by local businesses and a DJ to MC the event and get you on your feet (or paws). We are ready to get spooky and have a gourd time with our neighbors! See you sooooon....

Mondays | 5:30-6:30pm
Seneca Plaza

Nourish your body in Freeway Park with our much loved Zumba classes. We had so much fun with the WAC fitness classes this summer, we didn't want them to end! Join your favorite instructors back in Seneca Plaza for the best dance party in the city. Even if you just stop by for ten minutes on your way home from work, it'll get you feeling GOOD!

 Monday, October 25th
 Seneca Plaza

Direct access to social services for our houseless neighbors.
REACH builds relationships with houseless folx and connects them to local resources – everything from food and clothing to medical care, shelter, and mental health and/or substance use treatment. Their team is made up of case managers, outreach care coordinators, chemical dependency specialists, nurses, and other compassionate staff who are devoted to their clients.

We are continuing to collect donations of winter supplies/clothes. Stay tuned for more details on our website & social media. 

Freeway Park In Profile
The Faces of our Community 

Name: Judd Wasserman

Occupation: Musician
(a favorite busker at many Seattle parks)

What has been your favorite experience performing in Seattle parks? Making people's day. Bringing a smile to someone's face.

Who are your biggest influences as a musician? Vincent Van Gogh, Tchaikovsky, Elliot Smith, and Dr. Dre

What would you like to accomplish with your music? I would like to touch peoples lives and make them feel good, commune with nature, and their feelings.

What songs do you think could best represent Freeway Park? "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Jackie DeShannon, "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, and "Everyday People" by Sly & the Family Stone.

THANK YOU Judd and the other members of Seattle Parks and Recreation's busking program who bring joy and entertainment to our city daily. We appreciate you!

Talk of the Town

News from Freeway Park and Our Neighbors

Seattle Forest Week is November 6th to 13th! From the Green Seattle Partnership and Trees For Seattle comes Seattle Forest Week. Running from Green Seattle Day on November 6th to Seattle Arbor day on November 13th, this week is flush with ways to learn more about the urban forests of our city, the benefits they provide us, and what we can do to keep them healthy! As part of the festivities, Trees for Seattle will lead a virtual tree walk of Freeway Park on 11/10 at 1pm. And Freeway Park Association will host a Tree Walk on 11/13 - stay tuned for details! 
Love, Seatown Have you visited yet? Downtown Seattle Association and the City of Seattle are encouraging Seatte-ites and visitors alike to come on back to Downtown and experience the breadth of activities that the heart of our City has to offer. Learn more about what's happening and contact DSA is you'd like your event or business to be listed!

Keeping in Touch

There are many ways to stay in touch with the goings-on at the Park.

  • Find us on social media using the linked icons below. We are very active on Instagram, Facebook, and have lots of great photos from all our past events on Flickr!
  • Shoot us an email at 
  • Come visit us! 

Freeway Park is a public park owned and managed by Seattle Parks & Recreation.

FPA Mailing and Office Address:
601 Union St / Suite 310 
Seattle, WA 98101

Park Address:
700 Seneca St. 
Seattle, WA 98101

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