Open Space Plan
2022 Open Space Plan Update: Public Comment Period February 2 – 16, 2022
King County Parks has developed a 2022 update to its Open Space Plan, which is available for public review and comment per the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The official public notice for this comment period can also be found here. View a recording the February 2, 2022 Open Space Plan public meeting.
What is the Open Space Plan?
The King County Open Space Plan: Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (Open Space Plan) is a functional plan of the King County Comprehensive Plan. Updated every six years, it provides the policy framework for how the county plans, develops, manages, and expands its complex system of 205 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 32,000 acres of open space. The Open Space Plan also enables King County to be eligible for certain federal and state grants, such as from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. This plan must be adopted by the King County Council.
2022 Update - Timeline
Conduct internal review
Q2 - Q4 2021
|Gather public input
|Present public review draft
|Q4 2021 - Q1 2022
|Finalize draft plan
||Q1 - Q2 2022
|Transmit draft plan to King County Council
|Council review and adoption
The 2016 update to the Open Space Plan was adopted by the King County Council on June 27, 2016. The 2016 Open Space Plan was informed by the planning efforts and public processes of previous documents, such as the King County Parks Levy Task Force Report (2012), the Parks Business Transition Plan (2002), the Regional Trails Inventory and Implementation Guidelines (2004), and the King County Comprehensive Plan.
2016 King County Open Space Plan
- Cover/Table of Contents (1 MB)
- Executive Summary (1.3 KB)
- Appendix I - Maps (19.4 MB)
- Appendix II - Parks History (38 KB)
- Appendix III - Source Documents (38 KB)
- Appendix IV - Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan
- Appendix V - Acquisition Guidelines (31 KB)