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Proposition No. 1

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Maintain, Improve, and Build

Parks, Playgrounds & Trails | Community Center | Public Pool Property
Cultural Heritage, Community Arts & Recreation Programs

Approved by voters in the November 6, 2018 General Election, Proposition 1 authorizes the formation of a Metropolitan Park District that will collect property tax to maintain, improve, and build parks, trails and recreation programs. While a legally separate entity, the District will have the same boundaries as the City and be governed by the City Council. 

Approval of this measure provides dedicated and sustainable funding for Tumwater’s Parks and Recreation programs and facilities. This will extend the useful life of our most used parks and playgrounds, address safety and security issues, invest in underserved neighborhoods, improve energy efficiency, and preserve new open spaces.

MPD Election Info

Proposition No. 1 will fund these priorities:

  • Parks and playgrounds maintenance and safety;
  • New neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and restrooms;
  • Community Center with meeting and event space, senior services, indoor sports courts, and land for a future public swimming pool;
  • Trail expansion along the Deschutes River Valley; and
  • Community arts and cultural heritage programs, historic properties, recreation programs, and a community garden.

With funding from a Metropolitan Park District, the City would spend $1.5 million annually for our parks, playgrounds, and trails improvements in the first five years.

MPD Election Info 2

Why Parks?  Why Now?

The City has invested in parks, trails, and open spaces over the years, but there are no dedicated revenue sources to maintain and improve those properties.

Over the years, City Council and staff have taken a number of cost-savings actions to streamline and increase operational efficiency as revenues have declined for parks and recreation programs and facilities.

The City's general fund cannot support the ongoing costs of operation, maintenance and acquisition of new park lands, recreational facilities and staffing at a level which will meet the growing needs and desires of the our residents.

How Did We Get Here?

In 2008 the Tumwater Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan identified a lack of dedicated and sustainable funding for park facilities and recreation programs. At that time there was discussion about identifying additional funding sources, but there were other priorities for which the City sought voter support, such as public safety and street maintenance ballot measures. 

In 2016, the Tumwater Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan was updated, and the City Council approved the formation of a task force to study and make a recommendation that would provide an adequate funding source for park facilities and recreation programs. The Task Force conducted a community-wide survey and studied the results, and then recommended the creation of a Metropolitan Park District, with specific program and facility improvements to the City Council. 

In 2018, Tumwater City Council unanimously voted to include the Metropolitan Park District measure on the November 6 General Election ballot to provide dedicated sustainable funding to maintain, improve and build park facilities and recreation programs.

Metropolitan Park District Election InformationPDF file

Creating a Metropolitan Park District: Parks Plan, Community Survey, and Council Resolution

Metropolitan Park District Presentation PDF file
Tumwater City Council ResolutionPDF file
Tumwater Parks Plan PDF file
Tumwater Parks Community Survey
 PDF file

Need More Information?

If you have additional questions or need more information about the Metropolitan Park District, contact Chuck Denney at, or call (360) 754-4160.