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Regional Scheduling Office
Tel: 206-477-6150

Marymoor Reservations
Marymoor Park Office
Tel: 206-205-3661

Aquatic Center Banquet Hall
King County Aquatic Center
Tel 206-477-4444

For any other inquiries please contact Parks Info

Parks and Recreation Div.
201 S. Jackson St., # 700
Seattle, WA 98104
TTY: 711


Confronted with a $52 million general fund crisis in 2002, King County faced the very real possibility of closing its large system of parks, pools, and recreational programs. Informed by extensive public outreach and stakeholder input, as well as by the work of the Metropolitan Parks Task Force, the Parks Business Transition Plan was adopted by the King County Council and became the blueprint for restoring stability to the County’s parks system through new business practices that emphasize community and corporate partnerships and by greatly reducing the division's dependence on King County's general fund.

King County Parks reoriented its mission to focus on providing regional trails, regional recreational facilities, regional natural area parks, and local rural parks. Since 2003, King County Parks has successfully taken many strategic actions that have generated revenue or created efficiencies, including transferring dozens of local parks and pools to cities, implementing or increasing user fees, and establishing corporate and community partnerships that enhance park amenities and maximize the investment of taxpayers’ dollars.

This new way of doing business has helped King County Parks navigate recent economically challenging times while protecting and investing in the legacy of our 26,000-acre system for future generations of King County residents.

Helpful links

Parks Business Transition Plan, Phase II Report - full report (Aug 2002) (pdf)

Visit the original Metropolitan Parks Task Force website (not updated since 2003)

“A task force convened several years ago by County Executive Ron Sims offered smart, practical long-range strategies, including the notion that parks at least partly pay for themselve’s. The 25,000-acre park system is one of the largest in the country. Injecting a measure of efficiency and self-reliance into the system was no small challenge. But it is happening.

The county shifted costs for some pools and parks to suburban cities in which the facilities were located. Fees are charged for parking and entrepreneurial opportunities, such as Cirque du Soleil, are plentiful.”

-Seattle Times editorial, June 16, 2006