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Parks Levy

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2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy

On August 6, 2019, King County voters approved a measure to renew the property tax levy supporting parks, trails, and open space in King County. The measure replaced the levy that expired at the end of 2019 and will generate an estimated $810 million over six years, costing approximately $7.60 per month for the owner of a home with an assessed property value of $500,000.
The revenue generated by this levy means county-wide investments in parks, trails, recreation, and open space protection for the benefit of all King County residents, no matter where they live. This levy also established grant programs that aim to make parks, recreation, trails, and open space more accessible, as well as grant programs with the goal to expand access to parks, trails and recreation among historically underserved communities and people with disabilities.

2020-2025 Parks Levy Oversight Board

The Parks Levy Oversight Board, which is appointed by the King County Executive and consists of one representative from each council district, meets annually to review Parks' levy expenditures from the previous year and report on the progress of the agency in achieving the purposes of the levy.

Parks Levy Oversight Board Roster

2023 Meetings:

  • Meeting 1: September 13, 2023 (5-7:15 p.m.). Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
  • Meeting 2: September 27, 2023 (5-7:15 p.m.). Jim Ellis Preston Community Center
  • Meeting 3: October 12, 2023 (5-7:15 p.m.). Seattle Aquarium

*Meeting agendas and minutes will be posted when finalized


Levy History

Read about the accomplishments under the 2014-2019 levy!

The measure, which was approved by voters in 2013 by more than 70 percent, is estimated to generate $66 million per year from 2014 through 2019 through a CPI-indexed property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – an estimated $56 per year for the owner of a home valued at $300,000.

Read the mid-levy progress report.

2014-2019 Parks Levy Oversight Board Reports

2014-2019 Levy Oversight Board Members

In 2007, King County voters approved two property tax levy lid lifts to support park operations and open space and trails for the period of 2008-2013.

As required by the levy legislation, a nine-member, Council-appointed Levy Citizen Oversight Board was established to monitor the expenditure of levy proceeds.

In June 2012, King County Executive Dow Constantine convened a panel of business and civic leaders to help define a path to funding King County's parks, trails, and open space upon expiration of the then-current levies at the end of 2013. The group's recommendations shaped what ultimately become the 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Task Force Cover Letter to Executive Constantine

Task Force Report and Recommendations

The group met from June to October 2012. Meeting agendas and other materials can be found here.

In 2002, confronted with a $52 million general fund crisis, King County faced the very real possibility of closing parks, pools, and recreational programs. From that crisis arose the King County Parks of today, a mission-focused, streamlined, levy-funded agency with an entrepreneurial approach to operations and partnerships.

Learn more about the 2002 Parks Business Transition Plan.