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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. 918 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. 918.

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 ($517,000) would be approximately $112 per year, or $9 per month. This is an increase of approximately $3 per month from the expiring park improvement bond.

What's your favorite park? There's a good chance a bond measure helped pay for what you love about it. 

Shoreline has a long history of investing in great park facilities. With the existing parks bond expiring this year, 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 average household, there will be improvements throughout our city's park system.

We will have new perimeter trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, sport courts and fields in parks like Brugger’s Bog, Richmond Highlands, Hillwood, Hamlin East in Briarcrest, and James Keough. We will get two new off-leash dog parks and improve Shoreview’s off-leash area. We will see splash pads, more public art, and an expansion of green spaces. There will be ADA accessible trails at Kruckeberg and an all-abilities playground at Richmond Highlands Park.

This past year we have all come to appreciate and depend on public outdoor areas even more. And by voting yes for Proposition 1, you are supporting the health of our community, increasing our green spaces, and making sure everyone in our city has access to great parks.

Dustin McIntyre, Katie Schielke, John Ramsdell,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

60% yes vote and turnout equal to 40% of voters voting in last general election (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

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

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