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Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds for Parks and Recreation Improvements

The City Council of the City of Shoreline adopted Ordinance No. 949 concerning neighborhood park improvements. This proposition authorizes the City to improve and/or construct city parks, including playgrounds, an accessible play area, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, walking and sensory trails, picnic shelters, off-leash dog areas, sports fields and/or other park amenities; install public art; acquire and improve new park land; issue up to $38,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years to finance and refinance such projects; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay such bonds, as provided in Ordinance No. 949.

Should this proposition be approved? 



If approved by Shoreline voters, this proposition authorizes improvements to City parks, including the acquisition of new park land.

Significant improvements will be made at Brugger’s Bog, Hillwood, Richmond Highlands, Briarcrest (Hamlin East), and James Keough Parks. These improvements, depending on the location, may include playgrounds, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, walking trails, picnic shelters, off-leash dog areas, and a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities.

Improvements will also be made at Ridgecrest and Shoreview Parks including creation/improvement of off-leash dog areas and improvements to play and field areas. Investments at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden include an education center and children’s garden that will be accessible to persons of all physical abilities. Funding will also include installation of public art throughout the city.

Park land acquisitions and improvements will expand Paramount Open Space, Brugger’s Bog, and Rotary Park, and will include additional park land acquisitions.

If approved, Proposition 1 will authorize the City to issue up to $38,500,000 in general obligation bonds to finance and refinance these projects and set excess property taxes to repay those bonds. The bonds would mature within 20 years. Although the exact amount of property taxes per household necessary to repay the bonds will depend on interest rates and property values, the City estimates the annual property tax paid by the owner of a median valued home ($534,000) would be approximately $107 per year, or $9 per month. This is an increase of approximately $3 per month from the expiring park improvement bond.

Last April, over 72% of Shoreline voters said yes to Proposition 1 park improvements, but we needed just 122 more people to turn in their ballots to meet the validation requirements. We get another chance to pass this bond measure now and we know our community will support it once again.

Shoreline has a long history of investing in great park facilities. With the existing parks bond expiring, now is the time to continue that legacy and vote yes on Proposition 1. There is something for everyone in this bond measure, and for only $3 more per month for the median household, there will be improvements throughout our city's park system.

The bond will fund new picnic shelters, playgrounds, perimeter trails, sport courts, and playfields. We will get two new off-leash dog parks, ADA park improvements, splash pads, public art, and an expansion of green spaces.


The past year we have all come to appreciate and depend on public outdoor areas even more. By voting yes for Proposition 1, you will be supporting the health of our community, improving the parks we have, adding to our green spaces, and making sure everyone in our city has access to great parks.


Submitted by: Brian Branagan, Katie Schielke, Mary Ellen Stone,

Shoreline residents have supported parks by investing in the the community paying for the current expiring parks measure since 2006. The $13,000,000 plus measure has allowed for many parks to be updated and constructed, which continue to add value and positive experiences for residents and visitors to the city.


The City Council of the City of Shoreline adopted Ordinance No. 949 concerning neighborhood park improvement on x date. It is important to note that a similar measure failed to pass due to validation requirements during the special election last year and very few changes were made to the current measure which has been placed back on the ballot during continued uncertain economic times.  This measure will authorize the city to issue up to $38,500,000 in general obligation bonds to finance, refinance these projects, and set excess property taxes to repay those bonds. This measure does not fully fund the completion or enhancements of many area parks and prioritizes a select few.


If adopted, including the expiring bond measure, Shoreline residents will have invested a massive $51,000,00 over a 35 year period. Alternative methods of funding as well as the project scope should be strongly considered.

Submitted by: Joseph Smith

The only reason Proposition 1 didn’t pass last year was because of extremely high requirements for voter turnout. This year the requirement is lower. Proposition 1 received overwhelming support with a 72% yes vote, so bringing the same package of improvements back to the voters is the right thing to do.

Now is a prudent time to make these investments. Interest rates are low and future costs will only increase.

Submitted by: Brian Branagan, Katie Schielke, Mary Ellen Stone,

No statement submitted.

60% majority and minimum turnout of 40% of voters casting ballots in last general election (Wash. Const. art.VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Christina Arcidy, Management Analyst, (206) 801-2216,

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