2024 Parks and Open Space Plan

Updated: June 8, 2023

Help Us Update the Plan!

Thank you to everyone who has participated to date!
If you were unable to join us at one of the six workshops you can still provide input!

Watch the Online Open House!

Visit the Engagement Hub!

View the event poster here 

View translated event posters in these languages: Amharic; Traditional Chinese; Korean; Somali; Spanish; Tagalog; Vietnamese

Map showing different focus areas and locations for each workshop. From top-left, Northwest area: Bitter Lake CC; Northeast area: Meadowbrook CC; Central West area: Queen Anne CC; Central East area: Yesler CC; Southwest area: Delridge CC; Southeast area: Van Asselt CC

What is the Parks and Open Space Plan?

Every six years, Seattle Parks and Recreation updates its Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state grants that will help realize outdoor recreation development and open space acquisition projects. The plan serves as an opportunity for Seattle Parks and Recreation to align its acquisition and capital development program with the department’s strategic priorities. Our intention is that this plan will build off of the engagement and strategic planning that Seattle Parks and Recreation has been engaged in since 2019.

Thank you!

Thanks to everybody who came out and met us at the One Seattle Comprehensive Plan meetings in December and January and to all of those who filled out the survey. We can see that there is a keen interest in the provision of park and recreation opportunities within a half mile of all residents and a desire to increase safety, access and comfort in parks and facilities. This input will inform the goals, policies, and analyses in the plan. 

This Plan Will

• Include goals, policies and actions aligned with Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan for Seattle Parks and Recreation to continue to meet open space and recreation demand on an equitable basis.

• Allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to compete for State grants and funding opportunities.

• Examine Seattle’s demographic and recreation trends.

• Provide an inventory and overview of Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities.

• Recommend capital projects such as play area renovations, new park facilities and other par and recreation infrastructure to achieve identified goals and policies.

What We Know Now

• Seattle’s population has grown by 25% since 2010.

• There is more demand on our parks and recreation system than ever.

• Delivery of excellent service requires a strong, diverse workforce connected to our mission and engaged in decision-making, effective organizational supports, and adequate resources and capacity.

• Consistently adopting advances in technology and process improvements enhances our organizational performance.

• Transparency and accountability are fundamental principles for good governance and community trust.

• Seattle Parks and Recreation has an important role to play in crafting city-wide solutions to affordability and livability challenges which starts with clear commitments to historically underserved communities.


Preliminary engagement: November 2022 - January 2023
Targeted engagement, analysis and drafting: February 2023 - October 2023
Adopt final draft: November 2023 - February 2024

Community Participation

 2023 In-Person Workshops

  • May 22 – Monday at Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, 98133 (Northwest Focus)
  • May 23 – Tuesday at Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, 98122 (Central East Focus)
  • May 25 – Thursday at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 (Northeast Focus)
  • June 5 – Monday at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, 98119 (Central West Focus)
  • June 6 – Tuesday at Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106 (Southwest Focus)
  • June 7 – Wednesday at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98108 (Southeast Focus)

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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