Washington Park Arboretum Lookout and Loop Trail Bridges

Seattle, WA


The Olmsted Brothers, prominent landscape architects, designed the Washington Park Arboretum in the 1930’s, leaving a legacy of trails, ponds and streams, overlooks, and plant collections for public enjoyment.

Renovation and New Construction
Lookout Restoration and 4 Pedestrian Footbridges

  • Client:Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Landscape Architect:The Berger Partnership

The restoration of the historic Lookout at the edge of the Pacific Connections Garden involved thoughtful selection of new wooden posts and roofing to match the original and uphold to wear over time.


The Lookout provides a resting point, capturing views across the Arboretum and Azalea Way.


A new accessible trail featuring footbridges over streams and wetlands expands access to formerly inaccessible portions of the Arboretum for pedestrians and bicyclists connecting Madison Ave to the University of Washington campus.


The design of the footbridges utilize weathering steel and concrete which will patina and pick up the tones of the surrounding landscape.


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