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New Seattle Parks and Recreation Annual Report Highlights 2023 Accomplishments 

We are #ParkProud to have recently released our 2023 Annual Report, a comprehensive look across all funds on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s accomplishments!   

2023 was a landmark year for Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the first of Cycle 2 of the Seattle Park District. Building on our baseline budget (made up of many different funding sources), our 2023 budget included significant new Park District resources to expand our programs and services. This report captures our efforts to use all these funds to serve our residents, including: 

• Re-launching and expanding our Park Ranger program  

• Keeping park restrooms clean and open longer  

• Stepping up our efforts to restore natural areas and sustain the urban tree canopy  

• Activating parks downtown and citywide with music, games, and events  

• Providing resources to diverse community organizations to support free, culturally relevant health and fitness activities  

• Working to decarbonize our facilities 

“Parks provide crucial gathering places for neighbors to come together, and serve as shining sources of strength, sustainability, and wellness for our community. Even on our gray and rainy days, our parks and recreation system continuously shines through to deliver places and spaces to get us into nature, to recreate, and to rejuvenate,” said AP Diaz, SPR Superintendent. “I am incredibly grateful to our dedicated staff for their efforts in bringing to life the activities, projects, and programs outlined in our 2023 report. And a special thanks to the residents of Seattle, whose unwavering support and love for our park system is truly cherished.” 

Read the report to learn more about how SPR supported healthy people, a thriving environment, and vibrant community in 2023.