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City of Shoreline

Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds for Aquatic, Recreation and Community Center and Parks and Recreation Improvements

The City Council of the City of Shoreline adopted Ordinance No. 866 concerning a new aquatic and community center and neighborhood park improvements. This proposition authorizes the City to acquire property and construct an aquatic and community center for senior, youth, and family activities, including classroom/exercise space, recreation/lap pools, gymnasiums, indoor walking/jogging track, and a commercial kitchen; construct park amenities, playgrounds, splash-pads, and/or trails in parks; issue up to $103,600,000 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. 866.

Should this proposition be approved:



If approved by Shoreline voters, this proposition authorizes the construction of the Shoreline Aquatics, Recreation, and Community Center (ShARCC) and improvements to four neighborhood parks. 

The ShARCC would replace the almost 50-year-old Shoreline Pool and the 70 plus year-old Spartan Recreation Center. 

The proposed ShARCC is expected to be approximately 75,000 square feet and include: space for classes/rentals/gatherings; 6,000 square feet of space prioritized for senior programs, including a commercial kitchen; gymnasium; indoor walking/jogging track; exercise/weight rooms; activity pool with play features; separate eight-lane lap pool for recreational and competitive swimming and diving, swim lessons, and shallow and deep-water exercise classes; ADA accessible pool viewing area for 500 spectators; outdoor play/gathering area.

The four neighborhood parks that will get improvements are: Brugger’s Bog, Hillwood, Richmond Highlands, and Briarcrest Community Park (Hamlin East). Park improvements include such things as playgrounds, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, trails and a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities.

If approved, Proposition 1 will authorize the City to issue up to $103,600,000 in general obligation bonds to finance and refinance these projects, including the acquisition of land, 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 additional annual property tax rate for the owner of a median valued home ($480,000) would be $244 per year, or $20 per month. 

Residents participating in the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan recommended replacing the aging pool, creating a community center and making park improvements. This measure will fund  PROS plan projects at parks with fewer amenities and the greatest need; allowing people of all ages to walk, play, gather and relax in their neighborhood.

A combined pool and community center will be more efficient for citizens and staff. The ShARCC will meet the demand for aquatics and community center space in our growing city while providing access to low cost and fee assistance programs; serving all people regardless of income, age, physical capabilities or background. We will continue to emphasize water safety through swim lessons, fitness classes, lap swimming and support our local school and recreational swim teams. Community groups will be able to rent rooms to hold meetings or events. The ShARCC will provide a place for families to enjoy recreational activities together, prioritized space for senior activities, and opportunities for people to foster new relationships within our community.

Let's replace our aging facilities and secure our assets on our own land. These projects will contribute to the high quality of life for Shoreline's youth, families and seniors.

John Maffei, Wilma Edmonds, William Parks,

We value the quality of our parks and recreational facilities and we want to preserve them.

We oppose Proposition 1 because we don’t know what we are getting for our money.  The owner of a $650,000 house will see an increase of $325/year for 20 years - $6500 over the life of the bonds.This is a broad proposal that raises taxes without specifics.  All we have are concept drawings with no fixed cost estimates, no maintenance coverage and no cost overrun coverage.  Why is the parking not included in the proposal?  It does not provide a dedicated space for seniors and there is no room for the Senior Center thrift store.  There will be user fees for the facilities and there is no plan for how much.

No other avenues are being looked at for funding of this project.  Why don’t developers who are benefitting from the rezoning passed by the city council have to pay impact fees for these types of projects?

Do you want to be forced to pay $85.7 million for a pool/recreation complex in order to get park improvements?  This proposition should be split into 2 parts.  Vote No on Proposition 1.

Ginny Scantlebury, Jeff B. Cleppe, Michele Lawson, 206-755-3588

Hundreds of community members influenced the conceptual design of park improvements and the ShARCC including a pool, community center, commercial kitchen, space for seniors, and parking.  Once voters approve this measure, the public will have opportunities to participate in the final design. 

Operational costs for this modern, combined facility will be more efficient.  Developers pay park impact fees and Shoreline School District is contributing $2.4M for the pool.  For more information, visit  Vote Yes!


We value the quality of our parks and recreational facilities and we want to preserve them. However, we don’t feel that the city has been totally transparent about exactly what we are getting for our money.  Do you really want to add  $325/year to  our property taxes for 20 years (based on a $650,000 house) ?

Do you really want to pay $85.7 million for a pool/recreation complex in order to get park improvements?

Ginny Scantlebury, Jeff B. Cleppe, Michele Lawson, 206-755-3588

60% yes vote with minimum turnout of 11,589 voters (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

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

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