Vote Now for Seattle Parks!

The SAVE SEATTLE PARKS online petition now has over 13,000 supporters. And another 1500+ signatures have been gathered on paper petitions in Seattle. Please sign and share the petition. Let’s get to 20,000 supporters and send a strong message in support of parks!

August 6 deadline! Support candidates who pledge to protect parks

Nineteen candidates representing all seven Seattle City Council districts have pledged to uphold the Seattle ordinance that protects parks from development or changes of use. We strongly encourage you to support these candidates in the August 6 primary.

District 1Brendan Kolding
Phil Tavel
Lisa Herbold
District 2Ari Hoffman
Mark Solomon
Phyllis Porter
District 3Pat Murakami
District 4Alex Pedersen
Heidi Stuber
District 5Ann Davison Sattler
John Lombard
Debora Juarez
District 6Heidi Wills
Jay Fathi, MD
Kate Martin
Jon Lisbin
District 7Michael George
Daniela Lipscomb-Eng
Don Harper

Not sure what district you live in? Click here to find your district.

Not registered to vote? Register online now (by July 28 for the Aug 6 primary).

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Join Us and Help Protect Seattle Parks from Developers

CLICK HERE to sign Our Petition asking mayor durkan, the Seattle City council and council candidates TO Pledge to Protect Our Parks and green spaces

SAVE SEATTLE PARKS is a new grassroots coalition of Seattleites who believe that our parks and green spaces should be preserved for generations to come. We are asking candidates and elected officials to reaffirm a commitment made to the people of Seattle over two decades ago.

We need to protect a hard-won victory for people and parks:
The Protect Our Parks Initiative

In 1996, when a Seattle city park was threatened with development, citizens drafted and collected signatures for the Protect Our Parks Initiative #42. The Protect Our Parks Initiative was affirmed by the Seattle City Council by a 9-0 vote and was signed into law by Mayor Norm Rice. 

The Initiative and Seattle City Ordinance clearly states: All lands and facilities held now or in the future by The City of Seattle for park and recreation purposes, whether designated as park, park boulevard, or open space, shall be preserved for such use; and no such land or facility shall be sold, transferred, or changed from park use to another usage, unless the City shall first hold a public hearing regarding the necessity of such a transaction and than enact an ordinance finding that the transaction is necessary because there is no reasonable and practical alternative and the City shall at the same time or before receive in exchange land or a facility of equivalent or better size, value, location, and usefulness in the vicinity, serving the same community and the same park purposes.

Today our parks are again being threatened by developers

The City of Seattle has recently begun studying options for alternate uses of park and recreation lands that would violate both the spirit and the letter of the landmark Protect Our Parks initiative. Once again, the people of Seattle need to send a clear message to City Hall that we want to protect our parks from development.

The Truth: Parklands are scarce while buildable land is still abundant

  • Seattle devotes less land to parks (12.5%) than cities such as New York (21.7%), San Francisco (19.6%), Phoenix (15.2%) or even Las Vegas (19.4%) (Seattle Times)
  • Seattle currently has the capacity to build 200,000 additional housing units without sacrificing a single acre of park land. (City of Seattle)
  • As shopping continues to move online, many brick and mortar retail spaces will no longer be needed. We have the opportunity to repurpose and rezone these spaces for housing and save our parks for future generations.

Renewing the pledge to Protect Our Parks

SAVE SEATTLE PARKS is asking Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle City Councilmembers and all candidates for Seattleā€™s seven contested council seats to affirm their commitment to protect our parks for future generations by answering this question: Will you pledge to protect Seattle parks from development and uphold the requirements as stated in Initiative 42?

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