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Intergovernmental Cooperation in Parks and Recreation

This page provides examples of interlocal agreements (ILAs) between local governments in Washington State related to park and recreation facilities and services.


Intergovernmental cooperation is an effective way for local governments to respond to recreational needs. Cooperative efforts can eliminate unnecessary duplication of services, reduce overall park and recreation costs, and can more effectively meet the educational, recreational, and leisure time needs of a region.

Note: The documents below are provided as samples only. They may no longer be in effect, or they may have been superseded by more recent agreements.

Examples of General Statements of Cooperation

  • Interlocal cooperation agreement between Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights for the purpose of collaborating to provide the West Plains with combined recreational opportunities, 02/14/2012-12/31/2012, with one year extensions
  • Interlocal contract between Lynden and Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District, 08/2000 - Lynden is within the boundaries of the Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District.
  • Agreement for the joint use of facilities between Seattle School District No. 1 and Seattle Parks and Recreation, 2010-2015 - See preamble and vision statement
  • Tacoma and Metropolitan Parks District Agreement to maintain and operate certain parks and facilities owned by the city, 11/2008

Examples of Consolidated Administration

  • Vancouver and Clark County Interlocal Parks Agreement, 03/2008. On Jan. 1, 1997, the Vancouver and Clark County consolidated parks departments to form the Vancouver-Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. The new unified agency is managed by the city. See Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
  • - A collaborative effort of the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville to provide a central gateway to activity registration, facility reservations, and related services.

Examples of Joint Acquisition and/or Development of Facilities

Examples of Joint Use of Facilities

  • Interlocal Agreement between Bellevue School District and Bellevue for Field Scheduling and Join Use of District Athletic Fields During Non-School Times, 10/23/2009 - 08/31/2013, provides for one five year renewal
  • Joint Use Agreement between Highline School District No. 401 and the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac, 2014
  • lnterlocal Agreement for Use of Facilities between Lake Washington School District and the City of Kirkland, 08/13/2009 – 08/12/2014, provides for 5 year renewal – Agreement covers City's and District's development, maintenance, scheduling, and use of both parties' athletic fields and facilities, located within the City of Kirkland and the proposed annexation area (PAA)
  • Agreement between Prosser and Prosser School District 116 School for use of city's competition swimming pool and old bathhouse for 2011-2012 school year.
  • Interlocal Agreement between Fife and Puyallup for Reciprocal Use of Recreational Facilities 01/01/2003 until terminated
  • Interlocal Agreement between Renton and Renton School District No. 405 for use of the District's Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center free of charge, whenever deemed practicable by the District, for the City to conduct cultural arts programs, public assemblies, and special events.
  • Agreement for the Joint Use of Facilities between the Seattle School District No. 1 and Seattle Parks and Recreation, 2008
  • Interlocal Agreement between Shoreline and Lake Forest Park for Recreation Program and Facility Access, 2013
  • Shared Facility Agreement between Sedro-Woolley and Sedro-Woolley School District No. 101, 2008

Examples of Joint Programs

  • Airway Heights, Cheney, and Medical Lake Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for purpose of collaborating to provide the West Plains with combined recreational opportunities, 02/14/2012-12/31/2012, with one year extensions - sets up joint board
  • Bellevue and Bellevue School District Resolution 5840 adopting a joint resolution with the Bellevue School District to create a partnership to meet the needs of the community by focusing on schools as community resource centers, passed 12/1994
  • Bonney Lake, Sumner School District, and Sumner Interlocal agreement relating to the creation and operation of a joint recreation Program, 01/01/2013-12/31/2014, renewable for two year terms - Creates joint advisory board, provides for administration, funding, and responsibilities of each party
  • Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, and Pierce County Agreement to form a joint board for intergovernmental cooperation to provide resources to provide efficient, cost-effective recreation service, 06/2003
  • Pierce County Companionship Program - The program is designed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. It is a cooperative effort with the Bethel, Clover Park, Eatonville, Peninsula, Puyallup, and Sumner school districts and other local parks and recreation departments.
  • Spokane Valley, Spokane, and Spokane Parks and Recreation Interlocal Agreement to jointly offer certain recreational program classes, May 21, 2010 - December 31, 2012
  • Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater Specialized Recreation for persons with developmental and or physical disabilities

Last Modified: August 25, 2016