Rich Patton

Parks and Recreation
Title: Parks Operations Supervisor
Phone: 425-388-6618
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Parks have always been in my blood.  I love to explore local, State and National Parks. In fact, I was born in a park in Seattle.  I was born at Fort Lawton Army Hospital, which is now Discovery Park. As a child I lived close to Picnic Point Park (where my Dad was a caretaker for many years) and Meadowdale Beach Park. As a young boy, my Dad used to take me hiking in Lund’s Gulch long before it became Meadowdale Beach Park. Later in life I began my full time career with Snohomish County Parks as the first Park Ranger at  Meadowdale.

I am very proud to have been working with Snohomish County Parks my entire career. I worked as a seasonal Park Aide for a season and then worked as a Park Ranger for two seasons. I was an on-site ranger/caretaker for 13 years.  I served as a Park Ranger for 19 years and then became the Park Operations Supervisor in 2006. We have a great staff  here at Snohomish County Parks  which makes our department a great place to work at.

I graduated from the Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy in 1994.  I have been on the academy’s board of advisers since 2007 and currently serve as Board Chairman.

Some of my outside passions include:

I enjoy Landscape Photography, I spend a lot of time behind the camera. I am an avid hiker and mountaineer. I have summited Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and Mt Baker, along with several minor peaks in Washington and Oregon.  I love bicycling and have even done the STP as a one-day rider. I just can’t wait to get outside!


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