(The Center Square) — King County Council voted 9-0 to approve a $30 million funding package distributed to 53 park improvement projects.
The various projects will build and improve aquatic facilities, improve parks and trails, and protect and restore river corridors. Funding recipients include cities, park districts, school districts, tribes and community organizations.
The $30 million comes from the King County Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces Levy. The levy is expected to generate about $810 million over six years, which will cost the owner of a home with an estimated land value of $500,000 about $7.60 a month.
“We are investing in community-led projects to expand and enhance King County’s already impressive parks, trails and pools,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. Press release Tuesday, day of the vote of the departmental council. “You will have more options to gather, relax and play throughout King County and its cities with these grants.”
Highline, Lake Washington and Mercer Island school districts, and the cities of Enumclaw, Renton and Sammamish are receiving a total of $5.8 million to improve accessibility, public safety and energy efficiency at its facilities aquatic.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is receiving $800,000 for its Garfield Super Block project, which includes a new multipurpose tennis and basketball court and the city’s first public parkour park. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said the Garfield Super Block project will help improve the city’s central neighborhood and create more recreational spaces.
“We are thrilled that King County Parks Levy funding is going towards the Garfield Super Block renovation project, showcasing this special part of Seattle’s Central District… honoring the rich history and exceptional vibrancy and diversity of this neighborhood,” Harrell said.
South of Seattle, Tukwila is set to receive $280,000 for the design of the Chinook Wind Extension, which will connect new riparian habitat along the Duwamish River to Duwamish Gardens park upstream.
Other notable grant recipients include $500,000 for the Si View Metropolitan Park District to build a soft-surface playground and trails near North Bend, $1 million for Snoqualmie to build a new swimming pool, and 199 $398 for the After-School All-Stars Puget Sound program, which provides free after-school and summer programs to middle school students in underserved areas of Kent, Tukwila and Federal Way.