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2014 operating budget $135,331,659
2014 employees 877.45 FTE
Seattle population 616,500 est.
Seattle area 91.5 square miles (88.4 land and 3.1 water)
King County population 1,909,300
Largest Park Discovery Park (534 acres)
Oldest Park Denny Park (1884)
Unique Parks
Burke-Gilman Trail (converted railroad right-of-way)
Camp Long (urban rock climbing and camping)
Gas Works Park (former natural gas plant)
Freeway Park (five acres built as a lid over I-5)
I-90 Lid parks (28 acres of parks over I 90)
Magnuson Park (converted Navy base)
Lake Union Park (converted Navy base)
Genesee Park (converted landfill)
Discovery Park (converted Army base)
Sam Smith Park (15 acres built as a lid over I-90)
Seward Park (old growth forest)
Bradner Gardens Park
Katie Black's Garden
Kubota Garden
Parsons Gardens
Japanese Garden
Volunteer Park and Conservatory
Washington Park ArboretumThis link will take you off the City of Seattle web site
Woodland Park Rose Garden

Parks and open areas

430 Parks and open areas, including:
  185 Athletic fields
  17 Boulevards (25.14 miles)
  130 Children's play areas
  38 Green spaces (795 acres)
  5 Golf courses
  2 Moorages
  18 Fishing piers, docks, boat ramps
  38 Neighborhood playgrounds (135 acres)
  33 Playfields (413 acres)
  62 Squares, places, triangles (27 acres)
  24 Miles of shoreline
  9 Swimming beaches, lifeguarded in summer
Biking and pedestrian trails, including:
  8.2 miles on Burke Gilman Trail
  5 miles in Discovery Park
  2.8 miles around the lake at Green Lake Park
  1 mile at Alki Beach Park


6,200 Acres (about 11% of the City's total land area)
4,600 Acres developed (approximately)
1,600 Acres undeveloped (approximately, including 954 acres of submerged land)


488 With more than a million square feet of space, including:
  24 Administrative offices and headquarters
  4 Amphitheaters
  2 Boating and sailing centers
  8 Boat ramps
  90 Comfort stations (outdoor restrooms)
  26 Community centers
  12 Concession facilities
  7 Historic buildings
  4 Major maintenance facilities
  2 Museums
  4 Environmental learning centers
  12 Off-leash areas for dogs
  100+ Outdoor tennis courts
  5 Performing and visual arts facilities
  80 Picnic shelters and houses
  3 Plant nurseries/greenhouses
    (Volunteer Park Conservatory with 5 distinct climatic zones)
  16 Residences and cabins
  1 Stadium
  10 Swimming pools (two outdoor)
  1 Tennis center (10 indoor, 4 outdoor)
  16 Wading pools
  10 Sprayparks
Updated October 29, 2014

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Seattle, WA 98109
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