The Freeway Park Association is a 501c3 membership based and community driven non-profit organization who has been working alongside the Seattle Parks Department since 1993 to activate and advocate for Freeway Park.

FPA started as a few concerned neighbors hoping to bring life back into their aging neighborhood park. Today we are a coalition of 1200 individual members, 15 organizational members, 12 volunteer board members and 2 staff - an Executive Director and a Program & Engagement Coordinator. Our members and volunteers make up the backbone of the Association and represent our neighbors on First Hill and Downtown. We are also supported by a diverse array of partners who provide programming, funding and outreach.

In 2019, FPA celebrates our 25th anniversary as community stewards of Freeway Park. Our work to date includes advocacy and fundraising to support projects like the widened 8th ave underpass, new pedestrian scale lighting, the 2010 landscape renovation and the Finding Freeway Park Project. We also develop dynamic activation and programming strategies like the Dancing til Dusk and Community Kites programs. Most recently, we worked with the Community Package Coalition to secure $10 million dollars for restoration and upgrades to the Parks’s infrastructure as well as modern amenities like wayfinding and public restrooms to make it an accessible and equitable public space for our growing city our growing number of visitors.

Read our 2019 Annual Report here .

The Freeway Park Association mobilizes resources and community members to ensure widespread enjoyment and the continued maintenance of Jim Ellis Freeway Park in partnership with the City and the community, for present and future generations of Seattle residents and visitors.
Through the creation of rich and dynamic outdoor experiences in a well maintained and safe environment, the Freeway Park Association is recognized as the innovative driving force behind Seattle’s most iconic downtown park and is a model for community/city partnerships working toward the improvement of urban public spaces.
Today, FPA is a seasoned, membership‐based, 501(c)(3) whose yearly dues from neighbors around the park help to sustain a diverse programming calendar of free events for the community. Its Board of Directors represents the long‐range commitment of neighboring organizations and the continued spirit of civic activism that the park’s namesake, Jim Ellis, instilled in our City and our park.
Our Team
Riisa Conklin
Executive Director
Our Board of Directors

Tim Holt

President: Washington Holdings

Mary Cutler

Vice President: Town Hall

Dan Johnson

Treasurer: Washington State Convention Center

Sheila Smith

Secretary: ACT Theatre

Jennifer Casillas

Downtown Seattle Association

Jim Erickson

First Hill Improvement Association and First Hill resident

Alex Hudson

Transportation Choices Coalition and First Hill Resident

Brian Hultz

Horizon House

Mike James

Royal Manor and First Hill resident

Rich Mencel

Virginia Mason

Beth Topping

KCTS 9 and Downtown Resident

Anne McCullough

First Hill Improvement Association

Emeritus Council

Bob Anderson

Founder of the FPA

David Brewster

Founder of the FPA

Joan Carufel

Founder of the FPA

Mike Evans

Founder of the FPA

Marylin Hoe

Founder of the FPA

Become a Steward of Freeway Park
There are many ways to help support Freeway Park and the work of the Freeway Park Association
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Become a Steward of Freeway Park
There are many ways to help support Freeway Park and the work of the Freeway Park Association
Become a Member or a Volunteer