SNOHOMISH COUNTY PARKS PLANNING
Park and Recreation Element
Current Adopted Plan
Snohomish County adopted the current Park and Recreation Element (PRE) in June 2015. This document is a component of the Snohomish County Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan and works together with the County’s General Policy Plan and Capital Facilities Plan to provide goals, objectives and strategies for providing park services through 2035. The PRE includes a list of envisioned park improvements intended to serve growth, as well as address interests identified by the public.
Update in Progress: Comp Plan 2024 Update
Parks staff are working with long-range planners in Planning and Development Services and Public Works on the update to the Comprehensive Plan for adoption in June 2024. The Comprehensive Plan will include an updated Parks and Recreation Element, which will include updated maps, level-of-service calculations, project priorities, policies, goals, objectives and strategies to meet the growth and demand over the next 20 years. The updated PRE will be based upon the current Park and Recreation Visioning Plan (see update information below), which summarizes public interests in park facilities and services.
The Comprehensive Plan (the "Plan") is a document that guides Snohomish County decisions on a wide range of topics and services over a 20-year time period. As the Plan acts as the blueprints for development in the county, it will impact neighborhoods, businesses, traffic, the environment, recreation opportunities, and you. The Plan is also meant to reflect the vision and priorities of Snohomish County communities and residents, while meeting requirements of state and federal law. Between now and June 2024, the Plan will go through a major overhaul. When adopted, the Plan will be in effect from 2024 to 2044 with minor updates.
- Read more about the Comprehensive Plan update and ongoing public engagement opportunities on the 2024 Update project webpage.
- PRE Briefing Presentation to Snohomish County Planning Commission (7/27/2021)
For more information on the Snohomish County Comprehensive Parks Plan update, please contact email Carol Ohlfs, Principal Park Planner, at (425) 388-6609.
Park and Recreation Visioning Plan
Current Adopted Plan
Snohomish County has created an updated 2015 Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Visioning Plan (PDF) (PRVP), which is used to summarize input from residents of Snohomish County about what they think is important in provision of parks, together with a county-wide analysis of specific trends and needs. The PRVP was created based on a process that also satisfies planning requirements of the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). Adoption of this document will ensure Snohomish County remains eligible for grant funding available from RCO.
Update in Progress: PRVP 2021 Update
The Washington State Administrative Code (WAC 365-196-440) says that parks planning should start with a visioning process that sets goals and engages the public to identify needs and evaluate satisfaction with parks and recreation opportunities. The PRVP is our local document that addresses this recommendation and provides guidance for the updated planning process. Draft revisions and reformatting of the PRVP will include updated chapters on the Parks Division’s vision, goals and objectives, inventory, public involvement, demand and need analysis, and capital improvement program. Content updates under consideration include planning for meeting the demand for preserving open space in our community, continue focusing on renovating existing infrastructure, strategies for addressing climate change, and updating our project prioritization process to be more actively inclusive to underrepresented community members for greater equity and diversity in our park system.
The PRVP is currently being updated and we recently completed an online survey to gather public input. The results of the survey are available with the links below and a narrative description of the findings will be drafted for the report. The PRVP draft will be brought to Council for adoption before the end of 2021 to maintain eligibility for state grant funding.
- PRVP Briefing Presentation to Council (6/22/2021) PDF
- PRVP Briefing Presentation to Council (6/22/2021) Video
- Public Outreach Online Survey - Infographic (6/1/2021)
- Public Outreach Online Survey - Full data export document (6/1/2021)
For more information on the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Visioning Plan, please contact email Carol Ohlfs, Principal Park Planner, at 425-388-6609.
Individual Park Plans
See Current Park Projects for active planning group projects.