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 2016 Park and Open Space
Plan update is nearly final. View and download the chapters by clicking on the links below.
Green Kent Partnership - www.greenkent.org
Projects Underway or Recently Completed
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