Seattle Park District 2017 Annual Report: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Free drop-in activities at community centers. A major pathway repaving project providing improved access at Camp Long. Properties acquired to expand or build new parks. Art installations at your local park. New paint, plumbing and electrical work at your neighborhood community center.

These are a just a few of the many improvements and activities funded by the Seattle Park District in 2017. The Seattle Park District 2017 Annual Report provides highlights of last year’s activities and a comprehensive list of accomplishments in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Approved by Seattle voters in August 2014, the Seattle Park District collects property taxes to fund a wide range of projects and programs, focusing initially on addressing a $267 million backlog of maintenance needs in our parks and recreation system. These are projects that the public may not see but are critically needed for parks and buildings to function, projects such as new roofs, plumbing and irrigation systems.

Among the 2017 achievements:

  • 173 acres of urban forest were restored.
  • Preventive maintenance involving work by a night crew of painters, electricians, plumbers and carpenters was completed at more than 40 facilities.
  • 15 community-based Get Moving programs provided more than 720 hours of physical activity programming.
  • 447 hours of public arts programming was provided to the community through the Arts in Parks program.