2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy
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.
Past 2022 Meetings:
Meeting 1: September 28, 2022
Meeting 2: October 12, 2022
Meeting 3: October 26, 2022
Meeting 4: November 9, 2022
Past 2021 Meetings:
Meeting 1: October 5, 2021
Meeting 2: October 12, 2021
Meeting 3: October 19, 2021
Meeting 4: October 26, 2021
Learn more about the levy:
- Parks Levy Fact Sheet (print version)
- Presentation about levy investments
- Map of levy investments
- Parks Levy FAQ's
- Ordinance & Motion
- Executive's statement about Council decision
- Parks Levy Property Tax Estimator
News about the levy:
2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy
Read about the our 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
- 2019 Final Board Report with Attachments
- Report on 2018 Expenditures
- Report on 2017 Expenditures
- Report on 2016 Expenditures
- Report on 2015 Expenditures
- Report on 2014 Expenditures
History of the Parks Levy
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.
Press release: "Citizen task force recommends continued levy support of King County parks, trails, open space" - November 28, 2012.
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 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.
COB Report on 2013 Expenditures
COB Report on 2012 Expenditures
COB Report on 2011 Expenditures
COB Report on 2010 Expenditures
COB Report on 2008-2009 Expenditures
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.