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July 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Learn more about Seattle’s Olmsted parks

Seattle is rightly proud of its Olmsted-designed parks and boulevards, and if you haven’t explored these green gems, here’s a chance to stroll around them with knowledgable folks. Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks are offering free walking tours, and there are 3 dates left:

1 and 3 p.m. July 14, Jefferson Park: This tour coincides with the ginormous Jefferson Park Jubilee, celebrating the park’s centennial and its expansion. Meet at the gatehouse, 4165 16th Ave. S. (Want to stick around for the fun after the walk? Jubilee details here).

10 a.m. Aug. 12, Lake Washington Boulevard, meet at Colman Park parking lot in the 1800 block of the boulevard. Walkers will share the road with bikes, as that’s one of the city’s Bicycle Sundays.

10 a.m. Sept. 15, Green Lake Park, meet at Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive.

P.S. Who were the Olmsteds, anyway? And what’s their connection to our parks, and Central Park? Seattle newbies and history buffs will find out more here.

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