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The voter-approved 2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy allocates approximately $110 million over six years for grants for parks, recreation, and open space throughout King County through four program areas.

The levy grant programs are supported by Advisory Committees who provide policy guidance and award recommendations to King County Parks. Click here to see current committee rosters and vacancies. If you’re interested in serving on an advisory committee, please submit an interest form.

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2021-22 Grant Program Funding

  • Parks Capital and Open Space      $8.3 million
  • Aquatic Facilities                            $13 million
  • Targeted Equity                              $3.8 million
  • Open Space River Corridors          $5 million

Announcing new grant awards for the Healthy Communities and Parks Fund and Open Space – River Corridors program. Click on the individual program to view grant award list.

Grant Programs

Parks Capital and Open Space Grants

Funds a broad range of park initiatives, including land acquisition, park planning, and development of passive and active parks (including indoor and outdoor recreation facilities) and local trails. Program goals include protecting lands for public space that would otherwise be lost to future development and expanding recreation facilities to meet the needs of the region's growing population. 

Eligible Organizations:

  • Cities and towns in King County
  • Metropolitan Park Districts geographically located in King County

Preview application:
Parks Capital Open Space

Learn more:
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant Summary
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant FAQs
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

Contact: Butch Lovelace

2022 Grantees

Project Name
Project Summary  Grant Award
City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Cedar Lanes Park Amenities  Add new restrooms, expand parking, storage, and pedestrian paths to Cedar Lanes Bike Park project that is in design. $234,925
City of Burien Burien Community Center HVAC Replacement Project Replace the original 1970 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in the Burien Community Center (BCC) to allow for continued use as a community center and emergency shelter.   $500,000
City of Covington Jenkins Creek Park, Parking, Access, and Restoration Provide the park with a main entrance, dedicated parking, stream/wetland restoration and other improvements to increase access, safety, and environmental stewardship. $500,000
City of Duvall Big Rock Ball Fields. Phase II Design  Passive and active reactional components, including fields for our youth/adult leagues and beautiful trails and open spaces. $100,000
City of Kent Salt Air Vista Park Renovation Update this neighborhood park with an all-new playground, new swings, and improved neighborhood connections.  $338,000
City of Kent Morrill Meadows Park Renovation Renovate the park’s playground, grass lawn, trails, and plaza space. $500,000
City of Kent Regional Trails Enhancements Replace and improve informational and wayfinding signage on Kent Regional Trails, including the Green River Trail and Interurban Trail.  $206,437
City of Kirkland Big Finn Hill Park Acquisition Acquire a 4.76-acre parcel adjacent to Big Finn Hill Park that will conserve natural conditions near Denny Creek, extend passive recreational opportunities, and prevent development.  $500,000
City of Mercer Island Luther Burbank Park Pickleball Sport Courts  A fifty-year-old sports court will be renovated and reprogrammed to include dedicated tennis and pickleball courts. $193,000
City of Newcastle CrossTown Trail at Lake Boren Build a 0.15-mile trail to complete the missing links in two trails within Lake Boren Park. The trail will provide new connections and offer birdwatching, fishing, and picnicking. $500,000
City of North Bend Meadowbrook Prairie Loop Trail New bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting through Meadowbrook Farm to Snoqualmie Middle School, Centennial Fields Park, and the Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, with interpretive signage and wetland restoration. $500,000
City of Redmond Senior & Community Center Construct a facility to serve the entire community with multigenerational active recreational, arts, events, and gathering areas for year-round opportunities. $500,000
City of Renton Coulon Park Picnic Floats and ADA Access Replace and enhance two existing picnic floats, ramps, and amenities as part of the Coulon North Water Walk Renovation, providing new ADA access for these unique floating gathering spaces. $481,050
City of Shoreline Rotary Park Access The acquisition of this parcel would expand upon and leverage the passive recreational use envisioned by the City of Shoreline on property owned by Seattle City Light. $500,000
City of Tukwila Tukwila Teen & Senior Center Study Serve the needs of teens and seniors in Tukwila through a community-centered process to include passive and active recreational gathering spaces and gardens. $100,000
Fall City Metropolitan Park District West Side Trail (Phase 1) A shared-use paved trail that enhances public safety for all users, and creates a more walkable community by linking schools and residential areas to downtown Fall City. $500,000
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation South Park Community Center Site Renovation  Includes the installation of a new spray park, play areas, dog off-leash area, sports field, fitness zone, loop trail, basketball court, lighting, and ADA access improvements.    $500,000
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Colonnade MTB Park Upgrade The Seattle Parks and Recreation Colonnade Mountain Bike (MTB) Park will upgrade a new pump track, jump lines, beginner trails, and features to create a more youth and family-friendly playscape.      $120,000
 Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation North Rainier Landbank Park  This new one-acre park features picnicking, a fitness zone, half-court basketball, and a play area. It prioritizes pedestrian safety/accessibility and addresses stormwater improvements, including 40 new trees.     $500,000
 Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Eli’s Park Project Initiated and designed by the community, this project will renovate Burke Gilman Playground Park into a regional destination that is fully accessible to people of all abilities.  $500,000
 Si View Metropolitan Park District North Bend Connector Trail Construct a 5.65-mile multi-use trail linking Tennant Trailhead Park and Raging River State Forest Trail System, from North Bend to Snoqualmie Point Park.  $499,999
 Si View Metropolitan Park District Edgewick Connector Trail Construct a non-motorized 0.3-mile gravel trail connecting the Edgewick neighborhood near North Bend to the regional Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Rattlesnake Lake.  $43,037

Aquatic Facilities Grants

Funds capital projects for new or existing aquatic facilities, including acquisition, planning, construction of new facilities, or renovation or expansion of existing facilities. Program goals include conserving and expanding access to aquatic facilities in King County.

Eligible Organizations:

  • Cities and towns in King County
  • Metropolitan Park Districts geographically located in King County
  • School Districts
  • Other public entities that own public aquatic facilities

      Preview application:
      2021 Aquatic Center Grant

      Learn more:
      Aquatics Facilities Grant Summary

      Aquatics Facilities Grant FAQs

      Aquatics Facilities Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

      Contact: Butch Lovelace

      2022 Grantees

      Project Name
      Project Summary Grant Award
      City of Bellevue Parks Bellevue Aquatic Center Feasibility Study A new state-of-the-art aquatic center will add to the success of the existing Bellevue Park System, further the quality of life for all residents, and attract new people and businesses to the City. $100,000
      City of Covington Covington/Maple Valley Aquatic Center Plan Advance the design of a new aquatic and recreation center to replace the existing Covington Aquatic Center and address area-wide recreational needs. $100,000
      City of Enumclaw Pool Improvements and Expansion Renovation of lobby/offices, ADA upgrades to locker rooms, convert public restrooms to family changing rooms, add meeting/party room rental space, and update the exterior front of the pool building. $1,207,194
      City of Federal Way Federal Way Pool Slide and Play Element Project Replace the 20-foot fiberglass slide and aging play structure at the Federal Way Community Center and repair the concrete circular stairs and support columns on the waterslide. $250,000
      City of Issaquah Recreation and Community Services Issaquah Aquatic Center Study Conduct a feasibility study on adding pool space for the City of Issaquah. $80,000
      City of Kenmore Kenmore/Kirkland Aquatic Center Study Kenmore and Kirkland are partnering to find an appropriate site for a community aquatic center. This will provide residents with public, year-round, and indoor aquatic access. $100,000
      City of Kenmore North King County Aquatic Center Study Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline are partnering to find a site and determine appropriate features for a community aquatic center to provide residents public indoor aquatic access year-round. $100,000
      City of Renton Henry Moses Aquatic Center Study Planning/feasibility study on how to best enhance, stabilize, and expand Henry Moses Aquatic Center to improve access and user value for a popular aquatics facility serving King County residents. $100,000
      Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District MRP Aquatic Feasibility Study A comprehensive site assessment and aquatic feasibility study for Mount Rainier Pool to determine future usage, updates to current ADA standards, and potentially be more inclusive. $100,000
      Highline Public Schools Evergreen Pool Gutter Repair
      Redesign/repair a cracked gutter system at the Evergreen Pool, which is losing approximately 100,000 gallons water every month. $100,000
      Lake Washington School District Juanita Aquatics Renovations Provide critical updates by upgrading outdated HVAC and pool equipment, providing much-needed ADA upgrades, and securing the building envelope. $1,800,000
      Mercer Island School District #400 Mary Wayte Pool Planning and design study for a $4 million renovation work project. MISD took ownership of the pool in 2011 and has an ongoing partnership with the City of Mercer Island. $97,141
      Renton School District Hazen HS Modernize Pool Repair and correct issues with the pool vessel, update natatorium finishes, and modernize chemical and mechanical systems, locker rooms, and staff spaces. $2,744,278
      Seattle Parks and Recreation Colman Pool Renovation Update operation-critical equipment, improve the user experience, and expand the types of users who can enjoy this facility. $1,800,000
      Seattle Parks and Recreation Medgar Evers Pool Design This pre-design work will include a concrete service-life evaluation and options analysis for restoration of the existing structure, and development of a basis of design for electrification of the facility. $90,000
      Si View Metropolitan Park District Si View Aquatic Center Construction of a new public indoor aquatic center designed to support a diverse range of programming for all ages and abilities in Snoqualmie Valley. $4,000,000
      Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District TPMPD Feasibility Study A study to establish a path forward for enabling and enhancing high-quality aquatics programming through remodeling or building new infrastructure. $100,000
      Vashon-Maury Island Park and Recreation District Vashon Pool Upgrades Replace the facility’s failing winter dome, slide, hot water heaters, boiler burner, solar energy system, and thermal cover. $100,000

      Healthy Communities and Parks Fund - Tier 1 Open

      Funds projects and programs that provide new, increased, or enhanced access to recreation, parks, and open space in underserved communities, including investing in capacity-building for community groups. Program goals include reducing disparities and improving the health and well-being of King County residents in marginalized communities by increasing access to recreation, parks, and open space.

      Eligible Organizations:

      • Tribal organizations serving residents of King County
      • Non-profit organizations
      • Fiscally sponsored community groups
      • Cities and towns in King County
      • King County agencies (limited to projects in or serving unincorporated areas)

      *We don’t require tribal organizations applying to be federally recognized.

      Tier 1 applications due September 18, 2022!

      Learn more:
      Healthy Communities & Parks Fund – 2022 Tier 1 Program Summary
      Healthy Communities & Parks Fund - Frequently Asked Questions
      Healthy Communities & Parks Fund – 2022 Tier 1 Guidelines
      Healthy Communities & Parks Fund - Council Adopted Guidelines

      Access the Application Portal to submit your application!

      Watch the Virtual Information Session

      • View the session here
      • View the session’s FAQ document here

      Virtual Office Hours - weekly on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting August 16th

      Contact: Adam Schmid for link to the Virtual Office Hours, or with questions about the Tier 1 program.

      2022 Grantees

      Grant Applicant
      Project Name
      Grant Award Tier Project Summary
      Ball for Life (BFL) BFL Youth Recreation Program $14,990 1 Increasing access to recreation for at-risk youth, minorities, and refugees in south King County by renting field spaces for yearlong outdoor activities, sports, and organized recreational activities.
      Big Drip Hoops Big Drip Hoops $14,999 1 Providing affordable, quality basketball training camps and clinics for underserved youth and families in south King County to increase their chances of an athletic scholarship at a collegiate institution.
      Braided Seeds Braided Seeds Discover Pass Distribution $14,745 1 Providing targeted distribution of Washington State Parks Discover passes to 350 BIPOC families with reduced access to local and city parks across south King County.
      Compukidz Worldwide Five-Star Student Athlete $14,999 1 Developing person, emotional, and physical skills for proficient student-athletes through tutoring, mentorship, and 1-on-1 college student athlete training partners for middle and high school students. Hosted at the Valley Ridge Community Center.
      Healthy Othello Safer through Environmental Design (HOSTED) Othello/Brighton Neighborhood Approved Mural Designed and Painted by Local Youth and Artists $14,999 1 Rainier Valley artist/teachers will lead low-income neighbor teens to design, review with community, and implement a mural art in Othello Park.
      Needs of the Community Society Accessible King County! $9,770 1 Providing accessible and age-appropriate recreation for young adults (18-35) with medical illnesses and disabilities through a three-day adaptive hiking, camping and white-water rafting trip through eastern King County and an accessible music festival in Jefferson Park highlighting local musicians with disabilities.
      Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery Gallery Expansion and Accessible Arts Programming Project $14,999 1 Conduct feasibility studies for an expanded Chicana/o, Latinx Cultural Arts Center, increase accessible and inclusive arts programming, and implement a community block party.
      Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation (STEF) STEF Summer and Fall Programming $14,999 1 Partnership programming focused to develop tennis skills and provide educational enrichment activities with social and emotional curriculum. Increasing access to recreational sports and facilities at Magnuson Park for BIPOC youth receiving free/reduced lunch.
      South Park Senior Citizens Connecting Seniors: Culture, Nutrition, and Fitness $14,999 1 Launch a walking program, provide Zumba classes, and expand cultural programming for latinx and indigenous peoples cultures including culturally-relevant meals, field trips, and more. Programming for the BIPOC, immigrant, and low-income seniors.
      yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective Indigenous Creatives Land Rematriation $14,999 1 Planning for pre-acquisition site work and community-led programs centered on Indigenous ecology and food practices with artists and BIPOC communities. Building youth-led structures with Indigenous philosophies for artist residencies, shows and restorative practices that empower urban Indigenous people to reconnect to their traditional land practices.
      African Community Housing & Development African Diaspora Cultural Anchor Village $125,000 2 A culturally relevant community hub with an indoor gathering space and safe outdoor play and garden space for the African Diaspora immigrant and refugee community in South King County. Funds will support capacity building in grant writing, fundraising, donor development, community engagement, pre-development costs, and trainings for staff and board members.
      Africatown Community Land Trust Art Project at Africatown Plaza $118,000 2 The ‘Africatown Experience’ art installation will enhance the outdoor gathering space at Africatown Plaza, which will include a community garden. The project will be a platform for authentic expression and tribute to the lived experiences of the Black community that has called the Central District home for nearly 140 years.
      Community Land Conservancy Building Capacity and Partnerships to Help Communities Thrive in Place $150,000 2 CLC will act as a trusted broker between historically white-led organizations and the Skyway community as they seek long-term stewardship or ownership of a natural area in Bryn Mawr-Skyway. Funds support community engagement and hiring an Executive Director and Skyway Community Co-Leads.
      Comunidad Latina de Vashon
      Verde: Recreation and Open Space Redefined by Latino Culture & Joy $225,000 2 Capacity building to reclaim and organize Latino community’s access to recreation on an unincorporated rural island, where immigrant families face unstable living and little access to open spaces. Exploration of creating a culturally centered community space.
      East African Community Services Generation Green $183,000 2 Pilot an Outdoor Exploration and Recreation club for grade 6-12 students and mentees. Implement a Parks Passport Program and remove barriers to deepen multi-generational exploration, enjoyment, and stewardship of regional parks and public lands.
      Empowering Youth and Families Outreach PlayScape at The Flourish $125,000 2 A 3,473 square-foot outdoor recreation area for over 430 low-income residents, youth, and African American families who have been displaced from South Seattle. The site is part of a larger project constructing a new 8,392 square-foot facility.
      Eritrean Health Board Injera - Connecting Generations and Building Capacity $150,000 2 Build organizational and community capacity to address intergenerational trauma through gardening, cooking, and storytelling.
      Estelita's Library Bathroom and Pocket Park Build Out $90,300 2 Deck construction, ADA public restrooms expansion, landscape design, native plant installation, art curation, and free programs with themes of social justice and community organizing.
      Ethiopian Community in Seattle Intergenerational Connections in Green Spaces $41,874 2 Empower the Ethiopian and East African community through narrowing intergenerational gaps, facilitating access to parks, and creating fun and healthy arts, cultural, and sports activities where families can come together to connect, work out, and play.
      Garfield Super Block Garfield Super Block $209,837 2 Renovations and improvements to the heavily used areas bordering the play fields of Garfield Park. New historic and culturally relevant public art installations, site furnishings, a loop path, ADA ramp, inclusive play equipment, safety upgrades, and a new restroom facility.
      Inspired Child Inspired Child Healthy Parks and Communities Project $166,700 2 Culturally relevant and family-centered swimming, dance, and arts programs, with curriculum generating positive identity development in Black children.
      Kandelia Soccer Program for Recent Immigrant and Refugee Students $131,653 2 Development of a soccer program for immigrant and refugee youth at the Seattle World School.
      Marvin Thomas Memorial The Outside Project $15,736 2 BIPOC community members will lead free fitness program for low-income BIPOC youth that builds awareness of available and underutilized outdoor public spaces. Forty youth will be served each week with free fitness training including soccer, tennis, flag football, basketball, aerobics, and plyometrics exercises.
      Para Los Niños PLN Outdoor Engagement & Advocacy Project $125,000 2 Connect the Latino/Latina/Latinx immigrant community in South King County with culturally relevant, multilingual parks, recreation, and outdoor opportunities through youth soccer programs, summer camps, and parent advocacy. Created by and for the Latino community.
      Partner in Employment Youth Restoration Crew: Arts and Advancement $170,000 2 Career development programs for immigrant and refugee youth currently employed as ecology workers in South King County Parks. Supports the Youth Restoration Program, with curriculum additions in environmental education and large-scale art production. The project will identify jobs in these industries and provide case management to help youth advance and stabilize their careers.
      Rainier Athletes Rainier Athletes - Capacity Building $180,000 2 Hiring of a full-time Development Director to fundraise for an additional five direct service staff over three years, tripling the capacity of RA. Increased development capacity ensures over 300 underserved youth have long-term, year-round access to organized sports, summer camps, outdoor activities, and other recreational opportunities.
      RAVE Foundation RAVE Free Soccer Camps and Clinics $31,500 2 Free youth soccer camps and clinics in marginalized communities.
      Seattle Parks and Recreation South Park Plaza $185,150 2 Located along the Duwamish River at the South Park Bridge, the project provides environmentally safe and culturally sensitive public plaza / park space to be activated for events, cultural celebrations, markets, and vendors. Serves as prime gateway between the community and the river.
      Somali Health Board Somali Health Board Community Youth Recreation Field $125,000 2 The project aims to create a community-centered space for Somali youth and families, by repurposing an under-used parking lot in the New Holly District into a small soccer field. The field will be activated by the soccer program, community gatherings, and by open to the public.
      Tilth Alliance Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands:A Community Resource $108,550 2 Improve access to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands by extending open hours, installing ADA trails, adding site amenities that include signage and expanded u-pick gardens, and investing in enhanced site stewardship.
      Tiny Trees Preschool Re-Defining the Outdoors (rDTO) $200,000 2 Culturally responsive outdoor preschool programs in public parks for low-income and BIPOC youth. Funds to support program staffing, staff trainings in anti-racism and trauma-incomed care, financial assistance for BIPOC and low-income students, park fees, translation, and interpretation.
      Wakulima USA Natural Connections $176,000 2 A Youth and an Elder Coordinator will be hired to develop intergenerational community organizing capacity. Programs with themes of food justice, connections to nature, peer support, and cultural preservation.
      Whitewater Aquatics Management The Evergreen Pool Revitalization Project $166,700 2 Urgently needed repairs to the Evergreen Aquatic Center’s floors, pool gutters, and tiling. Energy-efficient, double-paned windows, while also replacing clear windows into locker room areas, ensuring privacy and safety of community members.


      Open Space - River Corridors Grants

      Funds projects that restore river habitat, reduce risks from flooding, and enhance recreation opportunities. Program goal includes enhancing river corridors in King County for their ecological and recreation benefits.

      Eligible Organizations:
      • Non-profit organizations
      • Tribal organizations serving residents of King County
      • Cities and towns in King County
      • King County
      • Port districts
      • Flood control districts
      • Diking and drainage districts
      • Conservation districts
      • Salmon recovery forums

      Learn more:
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant Summary
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant FAQs
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

      Application:  Open Space River Corridors grant application

      Preview application:
      Open Space River Corridors grant application

      Contact: Rusty Milholland

      2022 Grantees

      Grant Applicant
      Project Name
      Grant Award Project Summary
      City of Tukwila Nelsen Side Channel $250,000 The project will open one acre of off-channel floodplain habitat and restore another acre of riparian forest by setting back a levee and reconnecting the river with its historic channel.
      King County Water and Land Resources Division Auburn Narrows Restoration Design $300,000 This grant would fund a portion of the design of a large habitat restoration project.
      King County Water and Land Resources Division Fall City Floodplain Restoration Project $650,000 The Fall City Floodplain Restoration Project will set back or remove flood facilities on both sides of the river to reconnect 145 of acres of historic Snoqualmie Floodplain downstream of Fall City.
      King County Water and Land Resources Division Green River Riparian Restoration – Flaming Geyser $300,000 King County will restore 8.0 acres of denuded riparian habitat along 0.4 miles of Green River shoreline at Flaming Geyser State Park by removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs.
      Mid-Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group Auburn Parks Green River Riparian Restoration $156,255 The project will restore critical riparian habitat along the Lower Green River in Auburn. The work will engage diverse youth in green jobs training and the community in salmon recovery.
      City of North Bend South Fork Snoqualmie River Levee Setback $800,000 The project will remove a portion of existing levee and replace it with a setback levee. This will reconnect floodplain/riparian habitat, reduce flood risk, and provide recreational access.
      King County Water and Land Resources Division Cedar River Habitat Restoration
      $135,600 This collaborative project will provide habitat improvements, outreach tools, and educational signage for two floodplain restoration projects in the same reach of the Cedar River.
      King County Water and Land Resources Division Turley Levee Acquisition for Future Restoration $400,000 Acquire a conservation easement to facilitate the future construction of a restoration project that removes a levee adjacent to the Middle Green River and construct a protective setback structure.
      Seattle Public Utilities Upper Royal Arch Floodplain Restoration $1,000,000 Restore a six-acre area of natural floodplain by creating and reconnecting a network of 3200 feet of perennially flowing side channels, a 2.3-acre wetland complex, and placing of 600+ pieces of wood.
      Seattle Parks and Recreation Gateway Park North Park Development  $200,000 This project will develop a new park on the bank of the Duwamish River in Georgetown, it will include upland restoration, and provision of passive recreation opportunities and water access. 
      King County Fish Passage Assessment Program Tolt-MacDonald Fish Passage Project $100,000 Feasibility and design to replace an undersized culvert under an access road to restore fish passage, reduce flooding impacts from the Snoqualmie River, and improve maintenance and recreation access.
      King County Parks Division Snoqualmie River Open Space Acquisition $400,000 Acquire 17 acres of undeveloped land along the Snoqualmie River.The project provides an opportunity for restoration, recreation and flood risk reduction by protecting forested land along the river.
      King County Fish Passage Assessment Program Chinook Bend Fish Passage Restoration $100,000 Feasibility and design phase to restore fish passage into Chinook Bend natural area, by removing a derelict drainage pipe and exploring options for channel restoration.
      Snoqualmie Indian Tribe North Fork Tolt Corridor Assessment $250,992 This project will establish baseline conditions, identify and prioritize habitat restoration opportunities, and develop conceptual designs for restoration projects in the upper NF Tolt River property.
      Total $5,042,847