Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy

Funding urban farms, arts, cultural and recreation areas (Parks and Green Spaces Levy), 2008

SEATTLE, WA

 Les Grove Park in Seattle, WA. Photo via  Year of Seattle Parks .

Les Grove Park in Seattle, WA. Photo via Year of Seattle Parks.

 

HOW IT CAN BENEFIT YOU

Being outdoors reduces stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and enhances survival after a heart attack.  In 2008, Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy to fund existing and new parks and green spaces.  It costs $80.78 per year for the life of the levy (2009-2014) for an owner of a $450,000 home.

WHY ITS A LEADING PROGRAM

Seattle levies property taxes to buy, develop, and/or restore parks, recreation/cultural facilities, and green spaces.

GOAL

To fund parks and green spaces.

WHO CAN TAKE ACTION

Homeowners must pay the levy.

OUTCOME

As of 2015, Seattle added 8 acres of parks and improved 32 development projects (urban farms, museums, arboretums, trails, performing arts centers, play fields, pools, playgrounds, gardens).

CONTACT

Rick Nishi, Parks & Green Spaces Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-733-9319, rick.nishi@seattle.gov

LAST UPDATED

September 19, 2015