Will the City Council Protect Volunteer Park?

The Seattle City Council is rushing to create an unbreakable 55-year commitment to subsidize Seattle Art Museum with annual operating support payments and free rent in Volunteer Park, and exempt the project from zoning.

Please read the Important Message from Protect Volunteer Park whicih we sent on December 11.

How You Can Help

Please email the council and mayor: council@seattle.gov, Jenny.Durkan@seattle.gov

  • I am opposed to CB 119150 and CB 119146.
  • The museum expansion is harmful to Volunteer Park.
  • 55 years is too long to commit to subsidize a single private partner.
  • $8 million in capital funds should be redirected to community center needs.

Also, please come to the public hearing on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 — 2:00 PM
    The Council will hold a public hearing about the project, which will allow time for public comments. Please come and give a 2 minute comment. Email pvpinfo@protectvolunteerpark.org to RSVP if you can come.
  • To be announced: The museum expansion may be considered in additional meetings of the parks committee, or if approved, go to the full council. Watch this page for updates.

Past Events at City Council

  • 2017-12-07: The Parks Committee discussed the two bills CB 119150 and CB 119146. Committee members Juarez, Harrell, and Bagshaw were supportive of the bills, questioning minor issues only. Council President Harrell was opposed to a suggestion raised by one of us in public comment, that the City should be looking at multiple proposals for the future of the Gould Building in Volunteer Park, rather than rushing to enact this single 55-year plan.
  • 2017-11-01: A public hearing was held regarding the capital spending for this project. It was a busy day at City Hall and we were unable to access this hearing despite getting in line 90 minutes early. We did submit a written comment (see link above).