Seattle Parks and Recreation
Financial and Performance Dashboard
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Financial and Performance Dashboard 2.0!
The dashboard is intended to
increase transparency by providing system-wide financial and organizational performance
data for Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and is organized by the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program Budget. SPR offers an expansive array of public
services and programs and stewards an extensive inventory of public assets and
parks. This dashboard highlights a set of SPR financial and performance data.
We invite you to explore.
2023 Budget Overview
SPR's 2023 Adopted Operating Budget is $219 million, and the Capital Budget is $109 million. More details about the City of Seattle's 2023 Adopted Budget can be found on the City's Open Budget portal. SPR uses a Line of Business framework to better align the department’s organizational structure with financial and performance reporting. A Line of Business (LOB) represents the highest level of the reporting structure, followed by cascading Detailed Lines of Business (DLOB) containing more detailed budget and performance information for the operations, facilities, and programs serving Seattle residents and visitors.
Under the Operating Budget, there are 10 LOBs (including the Park Fund Stabilization) and 31 DLOBs, while under the Capital Budget, there are 5 LOBs (including Debt Service) and 20 DLOBs. By each LOB, there are embedded Power BI dashboards that summarize financial information, including revenue sources, budgets, and actual expenditures, and highlight key performance indicators, i.e., performance targets and actuals, associated with each DLOB. Financial and performance data will be updated on a semi-annual basis. Here are some tips on navigating this site:
- Click on the links to the Power BI dashboard to focus on specific information such as a fund source, type of expense or revenue, a set of key performance indicators and measures, etc.
- Once on the Power BI dashboard page, you can interact, filter, and tailor information according to your interest.
SPR’s Operating Budget contains 10 lines of business with recurring expenditures such as salaries, utilities, and supplies for programs and services. The dashboard shows revenue sources, annual budgets and actual expenses as well as highlights snapshots of key performance indicators, including past year’s actuals, if available, current year targets, and actuals.
facilitates and supports events and programming to promote social engagement, build community, health and wellness, and leverage SPR’s assets and facilities to the fullest extent.
It contains several DLOBs. For details: Activation Dashboard
Arts in Parks: Recruit and select artists to activate parks through performances and temporary installations at parks with high priority for activation.
Athletics: Offer scheduled use by adults, youth, or teams in SPR/Seattle Public Schools athletic fields and facilities so that Seattle residents can participate in organized team or individual sports and live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Center City Activation: Offer a range of events and programming in downtown parks in partnership with community organizations. Activations include buskers, food trucks, games, café-style seating, events, and the Park Concierge Program.
Environmental Programming: Offer a variety of ways to connect with nature, including K-5 school programs, public programs, community partnerships, virtual programs, volunteer opportunities, and environmental learning centers.
Event Scheduling: Ensure safety, minimize conflicts, and responsibly manage the use of SPR’s spaces and facilities by offering use permits across SPR’s system so residents and visitors can recreate, celebrate, and participate in events and activities in SPR-managed spaces.
Get Moving: Support local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and/or programs to increase participation in community sports, recreation, and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities.
Mobile Recreation: Utilize interactive, educational, and fun exercises to promote health and well-being and bring relevant activity opportunities directly into communities at parks and community spaces.
Outdoor Park Activation: Sustain positive programming in identified community parks by partnering with and empowering community members to conceptualize, develop and implement culturally relevant programming.
Recreation for All: Support local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, community groups, and individuals to provide culturally relevant programs and events in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent.
Administration and Support
provides strategic leadership, effective stewardship of public resources, and operating support for SPR’s direct service lines of business in service of SPR’s vision, mission, and values.
It includes departmental leadership and support functions such as human resources, policy and performance, accounting, partnerships, volunteer programs, the City’s centralized services, and the Seattle Conservation Corps. For details: Administration and Support Dashboard
Administration and Support: Provide Superintendent leadership and coordinate departmentwide functions, including human resources, communications, safety, equity, policy development, strategic planning, performance monitoring, property management, accounting, and budget development and monitoring.
Central Costs: Pay for internal centralized City services (i.e., information technology, fleets and fuel, human resources, health care, unemployment, etc.) supporting departmentwide operations.
Partnerships: Support partnerships, Magnuson Park operations, volunteer coordination, and contractual operating support payments to institutional partners such as the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Woodland Park Zoo.
Seattle Conservation Corps: Provide job readiness and relevant skill development to formerly homeless people through the Seattle Conservation Corps to help them obtain employment and secure housing.
Capital Planning and Facilities Maintenance
develops, sustains, and protects our park and recreation system by reducing facility closures and increasing the useful life of our facilities through planning as well as preventative and on-demand maintenance.
It includes operating support for capital planning, major maintenance, and capital project delivery. Facility maintenance supports operations for shops and trades, such as plumbing, carpentry, painting, metal fabrication, HVAC, custodial services, equipment and event support, equipment repair, concrete and playground crew, pool services, third-shift preventive maintenance crew, utility conservation program, and associated administrative support. For details: Capital Planning and Facilities MaintenanceDashboard
Capital Planning: Provide operating support for capital planning, major maintenance, and capital project delivery, including direct administrative support and indirect cost recovery.
Facility Maintenance: Conduct planned maintenance through maintenance shops and skilled trades, including plumbing, carpentry, painting, metal fabrication, HVAC, custodial services, equipment and event support, equipment repair, concrete and playground crew, pool services, and the third shift preventive maintenance crew.
Utility Conservation Program: Increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in SPR’s operations.
Emergency Management and Security Service
promotes a safe environment for residents, park users, and staff working and recreating in our parks and in response to citywide emergencies.
It includes security services, dog off-leash and scoop law enforcement in partnership with Seattle Animal Shelter, and emergency management planning functions. For details: Emergency Management and Security Services Dashboard
Emergency Management and Security Services: Operate the Park Ranger program, security services, dog off-leash, and scoop law enforcement in partnership with the Seattle Animal Shelter and support emergency management planning functions.
offers scheduled uses for adults and youth by providing access to SPR’s golf facilities so Seattle residents and visitors can participate in affordable golf programming.
Seattle's public golf courses and facilities are currently operated by an outside partner, Premiere Golf. For details: Golf Dashboard
Golf: Operate and maintain golf courses at Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, West Seattle, and Interbay in collaboration with contractor-provided services.
provides clean, safe, and welcoming parks and green spaces for residents to enjoy and connect with nature by completing routine and demand maintenance in developed parks.
For details: Grounds Maintenance Dashboard
Grounds Maintenance: Operate geographic-based maintenance districts, including evening and weekend crews, heavy equipment crews, special maintenance, and encampment cleanup work. This also includes associated administrative support and utility expenses.
Special Maintenance: Coming soon
Natural Resources Maintenance
provides access to and maintains natural areas, green spaces, and gardens to connect people with nature and educate them about the natural environment.
For details: Natural Resources Maintenance Dashboard
Green Seattle Partnership: Provide ecological services, partnership development, and operating support for the restoration and care of SPR’s forested parkland. Note: Capital investments supporting this work are included in Urban Forestry (Restoration) DLOB.
Natural Resources Maintenance: Operate SPR’s natural area maintenance and urban forest maintenance, turf maintenance, trail maintenance, and citywide horticulture programs, including work at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Arboretum, Kubota Garden, and Seattle Japanese Garden. Note: Capital investments supporting this work are included in Urban Forestry (Restoration) DLOB.
Recreation Facility Operation
provides safe and welcoming community gathering spaces so residents can connect, recreate, build community, have access to water sports, and learn life-long water safety and wellness skills.
For details: Recreation Facility Operations Dashboard
Aquatics: Operate pools, aquatic programming, lifeguard training program, beach operations during summer, boat ramp management, and small craft centers.
Community Center Operations: Operate and provide programming at SPR’s community centers.
provides structured opportunities for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities to recreate, access enrichment opportunities, connect with peers, and thrive.
It contains several DLOBs. For details: Recreation Programming Dashboard
Lifelong Recreation: Offer programs for older adults (50+) of all abilities focused on physical activity, social engagement, education, arts, creativity, and healthy lifestyles.
Recreation Programming Administration: Provide administrative support for recreation services.
Scholarships: Provide recreation and childcare scholarships to reduce financial barriers for low-income residents to participate in SPR programs.
Specialized Programming: Provide recreational opportunities for people with a range of cognitive and physical disabilities.
Teen Programming: Provide safe and welcoming places for teens to recreate, gain life skills, and experience positive mentorship.
Youth Learning and Academics: Provide programming for youth to reach academic goals with out-of-school support (preschool licensed care and community learning centers).
Capital Improvement Program Budget
SPR’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget contains five lines of business (including debt service) and is different than the Operating Budget in terms of its accounting for multiple fiscal years. It consists of capital investments, such as property acquisition, planning and design, facility improvement and renovation, new construction, many of which are funded over multiple years, as capital projects can take years to plan, design, and construct. The dashboard shows revenues, budgets and expenses as well as performance measures with planned six-year targets and current actuals. For a list of current capital projects, please visit: SPR Current Neighborhood Projects.
pursues strategic opportunities to increase SPR’s acreage of open space, natural areas, and neighborhood parks in identified gap areas.
For details: Acquisition Dashboard
Acquisition: Invest in land acquisition and related property management work, including pre-acquisition activities (planning, title searches, appraisals, negotiations, and community involvement). The project also serves as a match to leverage other funding sources, such as King County Conservation Futures Tax.
Asset Management and Life Cycle Program
maintains high-quality, sustainable, and safe facilities in an equitable manner by investing in and practicing responsible asset management.
It contains several DLOBs. For details: Asset Management and Life Cycle ProgramDashboard
Accessibility and Compliance: Improve accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) within parks and facilities. Projects are based on the Barrier Removal Schedule but may also address requests for accommodation, newly identified non-compliance, and alignment with other projects.
Athletic Fields: Improve the playability, safety, and scheduling of existing synthetic and grass fields and lighting infrastructure through resurfacing and replacement.
Buildings: Update building interior spaces; repair/replace roofs and other major building renovations; or upgrade mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in comfort stations, shelter houses, community centers, and other SPR facilities.
Infrastructure and Utilities: Reduce energy intensiveness of SPR facilities through energy efficiency, replacing electrical systems, and other infrastructure improvements.
Irrigation and Drainage: Improve or replace irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
Magnuson Park Buildings and Infrastructure: Sustain investment at Magnuson Park to bring park amenities and facilities up to current code, safety, and accessibility standards.
Major Maintenance: Address major maintenance needs across a wide variety of facility and park assets that do not easily fit into the other asset categories, including resources for response to emergent needs and remediation projects.
Park Features: Restore, renovate, and rehabilitate various park features, including park landscapes; trails; outdoor sports courts, paved pathways, and roads; P-Patches; and the Parks Upgrade Program.
Partnership Major Maintenance: Support major maintenance activities at the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium. These projects are identified, prioritized, and completed by these partners.
Pools and Aquatics: Perform major maintenance on, provide greater access to, and improve the safety of public pools. It also includes projects renovating or converting other water features, including spray parks and wading pools.
Capital Development and Improvements
invests in growing SPR’s system of parks and facilities and ensures that our existing facilities provide space for programming and services.
For details: Capital Development and Improvements Dashboard
Athletic Fields: Convert existing grass fields into synthetic turf or otherwise improve field infrastructure.
Building Renovation or Development: Invest in the expansion of the Seattle Aquarium.
Community Center Renovations and Redevelopment: Conduct major renovation or redevelopment projects at SPR community centers.
Equitable Park Development Fund: Partner with communities to make improvements to parks and facilities in neighborhoods that have a history of racial disparities in access to green space and in safety from environmental harms.
New Park Development: Develop existing SPR parcels (land-banked sites) into full-service parks for the public to use and enjoy.
Park Improvements: Enhance existing developed parks, including Greenways connections, dog off-leash area improvements, and other named projects.
Waterfront Redevelopment: Invest in capital improvements at Seattle Waterfront Park.
Urban Forestry Restoration
restores and maintains high-quality forested parklands, engaging the community in stewardship actions that improve climate change resilience, provide green jobs knowledge and opportunities, and increase community cohesion and well-being.
For details: Urban Forestry and Restoration Dashboard
Urban Forestry and Restoration: Restore and enhance the forested parklands throughout Seattle, including tree planting, tree care, and restoration activities in natural areas.