King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 26,000 acres today. Our mission is to serve communities and enhance regional quality of life through partnerships, entrepreneurial initiatives, and sound stewardship of parks, trails and public open space. Per our business plan, we also seek to cultivate strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partner to enhance park amenities for King County residents while leveraging taxpayers' dollars.
King County Parks is largely funded through a property tax levy, which the voters of King County approved on August 6, 2013 by more than 70 percent. The Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy will generate an estimated $66 million per year from 2014 through 2019 through a CPI-indexed property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – an estimated $56 per year for the owner of a home valued at $300,000. It replaced two parks levies, the King County Parks Levy and the Open Space and Trails Levy, which expired at the end of 2013.
Today, our system consists of more than 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 180 miles of backcountry trails. From regional treasures such as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to amenities such as athletic fields, regional trails, and pools, there is something for everyone in King County Parks. Learn more about open space in King County - read the King County Open Space Plan: Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (2010).
We hope you enjoy your time in King County's award-winning parks!
Awards and Recognition
- 2013, Savvy Award - "Little Footprint, Big Forest" Camping Cargotainer Design Competition, City-County Communications and Marketing Association
- 2009, Certificate of Excellence - Movies@Marymoor Redmond Summer Nights Partnership, Public Relations Society of America - Puget Sound Chapter
- 2009, Spotlight Award, Best Park of Trail map - Regional Trails in King County Map, Washington Parks and Recreation Association
- 2009, Spotlight Award, Best sports complex - Marymoor Park synthetic turf ballfield conversion, Washington Parks and Recreation Association
- 2008, KUDOS Marketing and Communication Award, National Recreation & Parks Association
- 2008, Certificate of Excellence - White Center Heights Ultimate Park Makeover, Public Relations Society of America - Puget Sound Chapter
- 2006, Center for Sustainable Communities Award, National Association of Counties
- 2006, Public-Private Partnership Award, Performance Institute - National Council for Excellence in Government
- 2004, Achievement Award - Parks Business Plan, National Association of Counties