Building for the Future

These initiatives prepare for the future by developing new parks, acquiring new park land, or building new assets within parks. They include maintenance funding to keep the new parks clean, safe, and welcoming long after they're constructed. They also contain funding to activate connections between greenways and parks, and explore a new management and partnership model for downtown parks.

Urban Parks Partnerships

Activate Hing Hay, Freeway, and Victor Steinbrueck parks with the help of community partners.

Activating and Connecting to Greenways

Collaborate with Seattle Department of Transportation to mark and activate greenways where they enter parks with signage, programming, seating for pedestrians, and other ideas. Visit the Activating and Connecting Greenways project page.

Major Projects Challenge Fund

The Seattle Park District's Major Projects Challenge Fund (MPCF) is an initiative which leverages Seattle Park District funding with community-raised matching funds. The MPCF awards are based on a recommendation from the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Superintendent.

Seattle Parks and Recreation launches 2018 Major Project Challenge Fund

2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund

In 2018 the following six projects received funding:
1. Cascade Playground Field Improvement Feasibility Study - $60,000
2Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment - $2.92 million
3. Sail Sand Point Feasibility Study - $80,000
4. Seward Park Clay Studio Feasibility Study - $50,000
5. South Park Community Center Playfield Improvements - $2 million
6. Volunteer Park Amphitheater - $900,000

Major Projects Challenge Fund (MPCF) - 2018 Criteria and Timeline

2016 Major Projects Challenge Fund

Park District Initiative 4.2: Major Projects Challenge Fund 2016 Briefing Paper

In 2016 the following seven projects received funding:
1. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center Report - $30,000
2. Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment - $93,000
3. Kubota Garden  - $925,000
4. Madrona Bathhouse Report - $40,000
5. Magnuson Park Community Center Report - $50,000
6. Magnuson Park Playfield Development Study - $50,000
7. South Park Community Center - Playground and Playfields Renewal Site Wide Study - $50,000
   • Final South Park Community Center Site Wide Plan

Additional MPCF Information Contact: David Graves, Strategic Advisor, (206) 684-7048 or

Develop 14 New Parks and Land-Banked Sites

48th and Charlestown Landbanked Site Park Development
A. B. Ernst Park Addition 
Alice Ball Park - Greenwood-Phinney Park Development
Baker Park Addition
Christie Park Addition
Greenwood Park Addition
Lake City Landbanked Site Park Development 
Little Saigon Park Development
Morgan Junction Park Addition
North Rainier Landbanked Site Park Development
South Park Plaza
Urban Triangle Park - Westlake & Lenora Park Development
Wedgwood Landbanked Site Park Development
West Seattle Junction Park Development

Smith Cove Park Development 

Visit the project page

Park Land Acquisition and Leverage Fund