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 and Open Space Plan
At their June 7, 2016 meeting, the Kent City Council adopted the 2016 Park and Open Space Plan, which continues a pivot begun in our 2010 Plan. A new approach to defining Level of Service (LOS) shifts focus away from expansion of the park system toward taking care of the city's existing park inventory. This new approach supports the four primary themes of this update: quality public spaces, a performance-based approach, transformation through reinvestment, and sustainable funding.
DOWNLOAD THE 2016 PARK AND OPEN SPACE PLAN (pdf)
The city has begun planning for the renovation of these two parks to function as one, replacing worn out amenities while we also create space for a planned YMCA. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on our short survey! Your input will inform our efforts.
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