Washington Park Arboretum Woodland Meadow

Updated: July 11, 2024

Project description

This Washington Park Arboretum Masterplan Project, Woodland Meadow, reimagines the current Crabapple Meadow, the site of the former field nursery for the Arboretum. While the large lawn is used in the driest part of the summer months, poor drainage makes it unusable the rest of the year. The new Woodland Meadow will serve as a year-round gathering and celebration space within the Washington Park Arboretum.

The Arboretum team has high aspirations for augmenting programming that is inclusive for the whole community and provides an experiential gathering space. The Woodland Meadow will be designed to accommodate more active uses, with gardens and hardscape that allows for a range of events from community events, fundraisers, weddings and receptions, and concerts. It will include one or more site features dedicated to honoring the contribution to the Arboretum’s volunteers. This project is partially funded and currently only scoped through conceptual design.

Green grassy meadow at Washington Park Arboretum

There are three partnering organizations that manage the Arboretum and oversee the Arboretum’s Master Plan: City of Seattle, the University of Washington, and the Arboretum Foundation. Please see the following links for more information.

UW Botanical Garden
The Arboretum Foundation


Washington Park Arboretum - Graham Visitor Center; The project study site is the large grassy area located 200 yards south of the Graham Visitor Center along Arboretum Drive, in an area historically referred to as ‘Crabapple Meadow’. 

What's happening now?

In the winter of 2023, the project team completed three conceptual design alternatives and cost estimates. A preferred singular conceptual design will be progressed based on technical and public input. This conceptual design phase will help the Arboretum’s managing organizations evaluate the project’s path forward. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.

Community engagement

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our public meeting on Thursday December 7th. There will be more opportunities for the public to engage and provide feedback throughout the project. Check back for more information about upcoming opportunities to engage.


Planning and Conceptual Design: Spring 2023 – Spring 2024
Construction Drawings and Permitting: TBD
Construction: TBD

Project Documents

Parks and Recreation

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