Seattle Parks and Recreation developing a proposed budget for the next cycle of the voter-approved Seattle Park District

Community invited to join the discussion and provide feedback

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is currently working on developing the Seattle Park District Financial Plan, which will lay out the funding for the next six years of the Seattle Park District.

In 2014, Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District, which provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

The current Seattle Park District funding cycle runs from 2015-2020. The next Seattle Park District Financial Plan will run from 2021-2026 and will be informed by a variety of sources, including our 2019 strategic planning process (in which we talked to over 10,000 community members), public input, and other known parks and recreation system needs.

Community members are encouraged to learn more and join the discussion in building the next six-year budget via the following avenues:

  • Attend a public meeting:

-Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW) on Monday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

-Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave. NE) on Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

-Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S Myrtle St.) on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thanks to the Seattle Park District, SPR is able to maintain more parks more frequently, with enhanced maintenance where needed; provide low-cost recreation programs, free drop-in programs, and add to our scholarship fund; develop 14 new parks, and renovate play areas and fields; restore over a thousand acres of urban forest; make critical repairs to community centers and pools; make dozens of accessibility improvements to our restrooms, pathways, and facilities;  put on hundreds of community events across our city, and much more.

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As our city has grown over the last six years, inequities have been exacerbated and there are still unmet community needs. Discussions about our next six-year budget will focus on addressing community needs in a way that first serves those impacted by racism and inequity, and second, seeks innovative and collaborative ways to make our parks, recreation facilities, and events serve the people who visit, live, and work in Seattle.  

For more information, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/park-district-planning