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Seattle Parks and Recreation
2017 Development Plan

Over the next 9-12 months the Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning unit will be updating the Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan and An Assessment of Gaps in Seattle's Open Space Network: The 2011 Gap Report Update. These plans will identify demands, needs and priorities for parks acquisition and development projects over the next six years. A work plan and project schedule will be posted soon. There will be opportunities for community input to help form the plan.

For more information please contact:
Kathleen Conner
2017 Development Plan Project Manager
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

History - Seattle Parks and Recreation
2011 Development Plan

Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan
The Seattle City Council adopted the Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan on November 28, 2011 (Resolution #31336). The 2011 Development PlanYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. includes data on the current population and demographic make-up of Seattle and uses that data, along with public input, to identify demands, needs, and priorities for Parks acquisition and development projects in the next six years. The 2011 Development Plan also establishes eligibility for state grants for outdoor recreation and open space through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) through the year 2017.

Below are all Seattles Parks and Recreation Development Plans since 2000.

Park Board Meeting – June 23, 2011
The Board of Park Commissioners held a public hearing on the draft Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan on June 9, 2011. At the meeting, the Board asked for some revisions to the draft Plan. The report to the Board, with some reference documents, follows.

Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011-2016 Asset Management Plan.
The Asset Management Plan identifies all the known major maintenance needs for Seattle Parks and Recreation’s facilities, which includes 6,200 acres and over 430 parks. It is a six year plan that includes a ranking for the top 150 projects out of approximately 450 projects. The estimated cost of these projects is nearly $300 million. The Asset Management Plan is the basis for the top projects that are recommended for funding in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Capital Improvement Program.

Public Meeting Summary – March 16, 2011 – Jefferson CC
Approximately 21 persons attended the first public meeting on the 2011 Development Plan. After welcoming the public and staff introductions, the Development Plan background information was presented, followed by a group discussion of outdoor recreation issues.

A priority setting “dot” exercise was next—each participant was asked to rank their three highest priorities for outdoor recreation with color coded dots. They also were asked to use other dots to indicate their preferences for additional facilities and/or maintenance. As a group, the “results” of the dot exercise were reviewed and there was more time for a brief discussion. Future steps, including the Board of Park Commissioners public hearing and Council adoption schedule, were identified.

What did we hear at the meeting?
During the discussion, the following comments and suggestions were offered.

  • Parks should make better use of our existing facilities for increased usage such as better irrigation and drainage at athletic fields and lighting at some neighborhood tennis courts.
  • Interest in urban gardening is increasing and we should include more areas in our plan.
  • Add pocket parks in under served urban areas.
  • Add environmental education programming to enhance our relationships with the natural environment.
  • Provide linkages between parks, boulevards, and trails to allow more connections for walking, running, and biking.
  • Increase the number of indoor tennis courts at Amy Yee.
  • Concern was expressed about lost artist space at Magnuson Park.

Public Meeting Summary – March 23rd, 2011 – Bitter Lake CC
Approximately 10 persons attended the second public meeting for the 2011 Development Plan.  The meeting format was the same as the first meeting (see description above).

What did we hear at the meeting?
During the discussion the following comments and suggestions were offered.

  • Have developers provide land or money for parks (impact fees).
  • Maintain what we have – fewer things but maintained well.
  • All new projects should include maintenance and operating dollars.
  • Use neighborhood groups to maintain parks.
  • Undertake more Green Seattle Partnership restoration for open space and greenbelts.
  • Add more neighborhood off-leash areas (including beach areas), walking trails, passive parks, neighborhood parks, p-patches, and a walking path at Jackson Park.
  • Purchase more land at Thornton Creek #2 and #6.
  • Add multi-purpose trails like the Burke-Gilman or Interurban trails and complete the “missing link” in Ballard.
  • Have enough parking to meet demand (example: Magnuson playfields have limited parking).
  • Move fences at Magnolia Manor for a larger park and link it to Lawton Park and Lawton School and back to 28th.
  • Develop Hamlin Creek into a more natural state (already day-lighted).

The top three priorities for outdoor recreation and open spaces identified at the two meetings are:

  1. Maintain existing facilities and open space
  2. Provide more space for urban farming and community gardens
  3. Provide more sports fields and Provide more walking and hiking trails (tie)

The top three park or recreation facilities that there should be more of in Seattle are:

  1. Walking Trails
  2. Sports fields (baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, cricket, and Ultimate)
  3. Beach and waterfront land

The on-line Outdoor Recreation survey is now closed. Thanks to all of you who took the time to do the survey! Your contributions will be folded into the 2011 Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan.


Board of Park Commissioners – Briefing and Public Hearing
June 9, 2011 (Time TBD)

Parks Administration Building, 100 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA  98109

Board of Park Commissioners – Recommendation
June 23, 2011 (Time TBD)

Parks Administration Building, 100 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA  98109

For more information please contact
Kathleen Conner
2011 Development Plan Project Manager
Seattle Parks and Recreation

800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98134

Development Plans

2011 Development Plan

2006 Development Plan
This document provides a recap of goals and policies relative to park acquisition and development, an update of our Gap Analyses that indicates the areas of the city where the City’s distribution guidelines for parks and open space remain to be met, and Seattle’s adopted 2006-2011 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for parks and recreation. Seattle’s adopted 2006-2011 CIP for the Department of Parks and Recreation is part of the city-wide CIP adopted by Ordinance 121991.

2000 Development Plan

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Updated June 16, 2016

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