Seattle Parks and Recreation

Financial and Performance Dashboard

Welcome to Seattle Parks and Recreation Financial and Performance Dashboard!  
The Dashboard is intended to increase transparency by providing system-wide financial and performance data for Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and is organized in two sections: Operating Budget and Capital Budget. While SPR offers an expansive array of public services and programs, this Dashboard highlights a set of financial and performance data that will be updated on a semi-annual basis. We invite you to explore.

2022 Budget Overview
SPR's 2022 Adopted Operating Budget is $189 million and Capital Budget is $98 million. More details about the City's budget process and the 2022 Adopted Budget can be found on the City's Budget page. SPR is made up of seven divisions and staffed by over 950 full-time equivalent employees, though we are adapting, reorganizing and re-calibrating depending on changing priorities and conditions. There are nine lines of business under the Operating Budget and four lines of business under the Capital Budget. Each line of business page contains the total budgets and actuals for both expense and revenue that are supported by different fund sources and made up by multiple programs, services, and teams.  
Here are some tips on navigating: 
  • Click on the links to the Power BI dashboard to focus on the specific information such as a fund source, type of expense or revenue, etc.
  • Once on the Power BI dashboard page, you can interact, filter, and tailor information accordingly your interest. 
Operating Budget
SPR’s Operating Budget contains nine lines of business with recurring expenditures such as salaries, utilities, and supplies for programs and services. It shows annual budgets and expenses as well as performance measures, which will be updated on a semi-annual basis (unless otherwise noted).
Capital Improvement Program Budget
SPR’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget contains four lines of business (not including debt service) and is different than the Operating Budget in terms of its accounting for multiple fiscal years. It consists of capital improvements, such as land acquisition, construction and facility maintenance projects, many of which are funded over multiple years as capital projects can take years to plan, design, and construct. For a list of current capital projects, please visit:  SPR Current Neighborhood Projects
includes two programs: park activation and athletics. This line of business funds activities and programming in Seattle’s parks, event scheduling and permitted activities such as weddings and picnics, the Arts in Parks program, and certain department-sponsored special events. It also supports the operations for athletic scheduling, Amy Yee Tennis Center, youth athletics, and adult sports. Activation programming includes urban parks partnerships, community grants program, and environmental education. For details:  Activation Dashboard
  • Offer events and permits throughout Seattle so our residents and visitors can recreate, celebrate, and participate in events and activities in parks through partnerships to promote social engagement and community building.  
  • Provide scheduled use by adult, youth, or teams in SPR athletic fields and facilities so that Seattle residents can participate in organized team or individual sports and live a healthy, active lifestyle.
BPRC Open House Meeting
Administration and Support
includes departmental leadership and support functions, partnerships, volunteer programs, city’s central costs, and the Seattle Conservation Corps. For details:  Administration and Support Dashboard
  • Provide 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.  
  • Support partnership, Magnuson Park operations, volunteer coordination, and contractual payments to institutional partners such as the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Woodland Park Zoo.
  • Leverage partnerships to expand capacities, enhance capabilities, and offer programs and services that are beyond our core funding or competency.   
  • 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
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 Maintenance Dashboard
  • Develop, sustain, and protect our park and recreation system for current and future generations. 
  • Perform preventive and on-demand facility maintenance to reduce facility closure and increase the useful life of our facilities through planned maintenance and care. 
Evers Pool
Dogs on leash at Gas Works Park
Emergency Management and Security Services
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
  • Provide and promote a safe environment for residents, park users, and staff working and recreating in our parks.   
  • Provide and promote situation awareness and risk management principles to respond, in collaboration with other City’s resources and agencies, to citywide emergencies.
line of business supports the operations of the City's four golf courses. For details:  Golf Dashboard
  • Offer scheduled uses for adults and youth by providing access to SPR’s golf facilities so Seattle residents and visitors can participate in affordable programming and live a healthy, active lifestyle. 
Golf player
Mowing at Van Asselt
Grounds Maintenance 
line of business includes operations of geographic-based maintenance districts, evening and weekend crews, heavy equipment crews, special maintenance, encampment cleanup work, and associated administrative support as well as utility expenses. For details:  Grounds Maintenance Dashboard
  • Provide 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.  
  • Partner with the Seattle Human Services Department and King County Regional Homelessness Authority for encampment clean-ups.   

Recreation Facility Operations
line of business includes Aquatics and Community Center Operations. The Aquatics program supports operations at eight indoor and two outdoor pools, aquatic programming, lifeguard training program, beach operations during summer, boat ramp management, and small craft centers. The Community Center Operations & Programs include supporting the operations of 26 community centers. For details:  Recreation Facility Operations Dashboard
  • Provide swim lessons and aquatic programming so that Seattle residents have access to water sports and learn life-long water safety and wellness skills.   
  • Provide safe and welcoming community gathering spaces so residents can connect, recreate, and build community.  

Aqua Zumba at Rainier Beach CC
Teen program
Recreation Programming
includes programs for older adults, people with disabilities, teens, including operations of three Teen Life Centers, and students with out-of-school academic support at six Community Learning Centers. SPR offers recreation and childcare scholarships to reduce financial barriers for low-income residents. For details:  Recreation Programming Dashboard
  • Increase access to free or low-cost programs for underserved or under-represented communities.   
  • Provide safe and welcoming places for teens and young adults to recreate, gain life skills, and experience positive mentorship.   
  • Provide relevant programming at Community Learning Centers and assist priority youth reach academic goals.
Tree Crew and Natural Areas
line of business includes operating support for SPR’s natural area maintenance and urban forest maintenance, turf maintenance, trail maintenance, and citywide horticulture programs. It also includes work at environmental learning centers (Discovery Park and Camp Long), the Volunteer Park Conservatory, and operations of the Arboretum, Kubota Garden, and the Seattle Japanese Garden. Aspects of this work connected to the forest restoration work are captured under the SPR’s Capital Budget, Urban Forestry Restoration line of business. For details:  Tree Crew and Natural Areas Dashboard
  • Provide access to and maintain natural areas, green spaces, and gardens to connect people with and educate them about the natural environment.  
Kubota Garden

Baker Park Addition
line of business funds purchase of new or expanded parks and green spaces, including in identified urban villages with gaps to meet levels of service identified in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Open Space Plans. Some purchases may be partially supported by outside sources such as the King County Conservation Futures Tax, Washington State grants or private donations. For details:  Acquisition Dashboard
  • Pursue strategic opportunities to increase SPR’s acreage of open space, natural areas, and neighborhood parks in identified gap areas so that Seattle residents can access parks within a 10-minute walk. 
Asset Management and Life Cycle Program
pays for planned maintenance, repairs, and replacement of assets across SPR’s parks and recreation facilities, including athletic fields, building and component systems (roofs, picnic shelters, comfort stations, electrical systems, etc.), irrigation and drainage, park features (beaches, off-leash areas, P-Patches, play areas, soft surface trails, basketball courts, etc.), pools and aquatics facilities, and more. These projects include renovations, major repairs, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access improvements, health and safety code upgrades, efficiency enhancements, and other updates. For details:  Asset Management and Life Cycle Program Dashboard
  • Maintain high-quality, sustainable, and safe facilities in an equitable manner by investing in and practicing responsible asset management.   
Lakeridge Playground
Christie Park
Capital Development and Improvements
line of business develops new parks and facilities on existing park properties, makes major park improvements and alterations, and provides a pipeline for community-supported projects. Individual projects will continue to be reported separately in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Some examples of projects are Aquarium Expansion, Waterfront Redevelopment, New Land-banked site Development, Smith Cove Park Development, Freeway Park Improvements, City Hall Park Improvements, South Park Campus Improvements, and Lake City Community Center Improvements. For details:  Capital Development and Improvements Dashboard
  • Invest in growing SPR’s system of parks and facilities and ensure that our existing facilities provide space for programming and services.
Urban Forestry Restoration
line of business supports SPR’s urban forest restoration work, including the Green Seattle Partnership and tree replacement program. This work is connected to the urban forestry maintenance work captured in the operating line of business, Natural Areas, Gardens, Environmental Learning & Urban Forestry. For details:  Urban Forestry and Restoration Dashboard
  • Restore and maintain 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.  
Westcrest GSP volunteers