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King County, Washington

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Nov. 16, 2012

Funded through one-quarter of 1 percent car rental tax, YSFG Program has provided $12 million in matching grants since inception

Matching fund grants totaling $530,075 to help build new sports complexes, playgrounds, a skate park and a rowing facility – all targeted toward youth in communities across King County – were announced today by Executive Dow Constantine.

“These grants will help provide activities for youth that promote good health, build self-esteem and teach teamwork – and by partnering with community organizations and tapping into their energy, we are able to accomplish so much more than any of us could do alone,” said the Executive.
King County Parks’ Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) program will leverage nearly $2.1 million for local parks and recreation projects through partnerships with cities, schools and local community organizations.

The grants, as large as $75,000, are administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The YSFG program is funded and sustained through a one-quarter of 1 percent car rental taxes, and funds can only be used for developing and constructing facilities, and not for maintenance or operations costs.

Participating community organizations must match the grant money.

Awards for the YSFG Program for 2013 are:


  • Auburn Parks & Recreation Lea Hill Park Free-Game Synthetic Court $60,000
  • Auburn School District Washington Community Inclusive Play Space $45,020
  • Auburn School District Chinook Community Playground for All $36,200
  • Kent Parks & Recreation Green Tree Park Renovation $60,000
  • Redmond Parks & Recreation Hartman Park Batting Cages $55,000
  • Renton Parks & Recreation Renton Inclusive Playground $65,000
  • Seattle Parks & Recreation Loyal Heights Community Center Basketball Court $5,855
  • Seattle Parks & Recreation Duwamish Waterway Park Public Dock / Rowing Facility $55,000
  • Seattle Parks & Recreation Benefit Park Skate S $38,000
  • Seattle School District Sacajawea Elementary Playground $60,000
  • Seattle School District B.F. Day Elementary School Playground $50,000

King County has awarded $12 million in grants since the YSFG Program's inception 1993 inception, resulting in more than 300 new or renovated youth sports facilities.

Suburban cities and school districts are encouraged to partner with youth sports leagues and community organizations to apply for grants. Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects, including construction or rehabilitation of ball fields, playgrounds and sport courts, among others.

For more information on the YSFG Program, please contact Butch Lovelace at 206-263-6267, or

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