Park District Planning

Seattle Parks and Recreation is busy developing a budget for how to build up community, sustain parks, and bring affordable and supportive recreation opportunities for our city. 

In 2014, Seattle voters approved the Metropolitan Parks District that provide Seattle Parks and Recreation with funds to more rigorously invest in maintenance, recreation affordability, park development, and supporting community events and programs.

We have been investing these dollars back into parks and communities for the last six years, and it's time to propose a plan for another six years of investment. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will delay planning for the next 6-year Park District budget, due to the challenges in getting the needed robust community input during the current health emergency. More details will be posted when they become available.

The timeline below will shift, based on a new planning schedule to be announced when details become available.


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planning timeline

Other ways to engage

Park District Oversight Committee meetings are normally open to the public and have public comment periods available at all meetings. Due to the delay of the planning process, PDOC meetings will be rescheduled after the public health emergency has passed. We will post information about future meetings when it becomes available.

You can also take our public survey. Comments may also be sent to

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To address our changing city's needs, Seattle Parks and Recreation must also grow. Our spaces must serve people, commit to racial equity, embrace new ways of doing things, and honor the diversity and history of our city, while also looking toward our future. We must also support solutions to citywide challenges, engage with our community, respond to climate change, and deliver excellent service.

Our vision is a city where: 

  • People feel safe in parks, trails, recreation facilities and water 
  • Everyone has equitable use of a thriving ecosystem
  • Everyone has access to affordable recreation    
  • Decision making is grounded in principles of racial equity

As we work toward our vision, we will strengthen our investments in Maintenance, Safety, Equity, Climate Change Resiliency, Affordability, Innovation, and Community Connectedness and Park Activation.