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Seattle Parks and Recreation
Parks Legacy Plan

Susan Golub: (206) 684-7046
Susanne Rockwell: (206) 733-9702

Thank you Seattle voters! On August 5 voters in the City of Seattle approved Proposition 1 which created the Seattle Park District. The Park District will provide sustainable funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, ensuring that our programs and facilities continue serving the people of Seattle – a wonderful legacy has been established.

The Park District will be governed by the Seattle City Council acting ex officio as the District Board. The City Clerk’s Office is managing a Park District web page.

The Seattle Park District Board held its first meeting September 30th. The Board adopted a charter and bylaws and approved the interlocal agreement which establishes the cooperative relationship between the Park District and the City. The Mayor, on behalf of the City, signed the interlocal agreement in May, 2014. These documents can be found on the Clerk’s web page.

Important information:

2015 Transition Year Spending Plan

Ordinance relating to an interlocal agreement between the Seattle Park District.

FAQ about the Seattle Park District.

Summary of Parks initiatives included in the interlocal agreement.

Details on each initiative included in the Seattle Park District’s six-year spending plan.

Major maintenance projects from Parks Asset Management Plan; plus land-banked sites.

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If you don’t see a certain project on the map, it might be part of one of the 30 ongoing major maintenance programs that address smaller-scale projects throughout the city.

What is the Parks Legacy Plan?

Wetland Wild Walk at Camp LongSeattle Parks and Recreation is embarking on a planning process to develop a strategic direction for the future. Questions to be addressed include: 

  • Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner?
  • What is the public view of our park system?
  • What are the basic services Parks provides?

The first phase of the plan is the development of shared Vision, Mission and Values statements.

The second phase of the plan is a programmatic review, telling the story of Parks and Recreation:

  • What we do
  • Who we serve
  • How we are funded

Kubota GardenAn analysis on national, regional and local recreation trends has been completed, along with a citywide survey which gathered information on how our park system is used, frequency of use and park users’ concerns.

Phase three will be a look to the future that provides a framework for a sustainable parks and recreation system.


Green Lake SkateparkIn 2009, Parks and Recreation concluded a strategic planning process with the publication of the Strategic Action Plan, a five-year ‘to do’ list which provided direction for stewardship of the park system. Many of the Strategic Action Plan tasks have been accomplished, while others have been delayed due to the economic recession. Five working teams continue to work on implementation. The Parks Legacy Plan will be an update of the 2009 Plan, with a focus on data collection and analysis. The 2009 plan is available here.


Funding for the project comes from Parks’ operating budget.

Parks Legacy Plan

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Updated September 30, 2015


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Parks Legacy Citizens' Advisory Committee Final Report - Cilck to download
Final Report of the Parks Legacy Citizens' Advisory Committee
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