Parks Planning & Development
The Parks Planning & Development division helps create and implement the vision for tomorrow's parks, trails and open spaces. This includes acquiring new land to preserve for public use. Equally important is the need to re-invest in the award-winning park and trail system we already have: construction, playground replacement and other improvement efforts as well as environmental restoration projects, many done with the help of dedicated volunteers.
Park & Open Space Plan
The last Park & Open Space Plan was adopted by the Kent City Council on May 4, 2010. Every six years it must be updated, so we're working on that now and would love your input. The Plan establishes a vision for Kent Parks and how the park system will develop in the coming years.
Projects Underway or Recently Completed
Key Contacts If You Have Questions or Concerns
- Capital projects: such as current park renovations, plans for new parks, amenities, playgrounds. Contact Parks Planning and Development at 253-856-5110.
- Park repairs: such as broken or missing park amenities, basketball backboards, fencing, restroom vandalism, etc. If it is an emergency, contact 911. For regular repairs, contact Park Operations at 253-856-5120.
Plant the Planet: Kent's Youth Tree Education Program
We are well into the second decade for this national award-winning program, a collaboration between Parks and Public Works Departments and the Kent Public School District. In the year 2000, we invited Kent elementary students to help plant 2,000 native trees and shrubs. The goal has increased by one tree every year. To date, children in Kent have planted well over 28,000 trees in our community! Watch Mayor Suzette Cooke planting with Pine Tree Elementary first graders! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko_fWpuQiA4