An investment in neighborhood parks, safety, and maintenance
City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is evaluating a levy to improve parks in neighborhoods city-wide. The plan reflects the top community requests for park improvements, based on extensive feedback gathered during our 2021/2022 master planning.
2023 Neighborhood Playground & Restroom Improvements
Every neighborhood would see park improvements.
To learn more about investments planned for parks in your neighborhood, please see Program Details. All park renovations would be designed in consultation with neighborhoods via neighborhood councils.
Parks & Recreation can provide the current level of service with our existing budget, but to do more, it would require new funding sources.
The Parks division receives approximately 2.3% of the City's budget (representing 8% of the general fund expenditures). Program revenues and grants bring in additional money. Combined, the annual Parks & Recreation budget is about $24 million. These funds allow us to steward nearly 4,000 acres of public land and offer hundreds of free and low-cost recreation programs.
If approved, the levy would account for about 30% of the Parks budget, providing the funding to renovate aging parks, build new parks in neighborhoods without them, hire more maintenance and safety staff, add more all-weather fields, conserve more natural lands, and improve trails.
29 cents per $1,000 assessed property value
$11.25 million a year for 20 years
The levy is being considered for vote sometime in 2024. If approved in 2024, renovations would begin when funding arrives in mid-2025, through 2044.