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Park Planning, Design, and Open Space

This page includes information on parks, recreation, and open space planning and design for local governments in Washington State, including general guidelines, standards, and local examples.

Park Planning Guidelines

This section includes general guidelines for developing comprehensive park and recreation plans, including parks and recreation elements of GMA comprehensive plans (RCW 36.70A.070(8))

Comprehensive Park and Open Space Plans and Elements

This section includes examples of stand-alone comprehensive park plans, as well as sample parks and recreation elements from GMA comprehensive plans (see RCW 36.70A.070(8)). For guidance on the preparation of the parks and recreation element, see WAC 365-196-440.

Examples of City Park Plans

Examples of County Park Plans

Examples of Metropolitan Park District Plans

Park Design and Standards

This includes information on general park and recreation level-of-service standards,  resource information and local design standards for different types of park development.

General Resources

Examples of Washington Local Government Design Standards

Design of Facilities Resources

Miscellaneous Design Resources

County and Regional Open Space Programs

This section includes selected open space preservation programs, including conservation futures. Conservation futures are a funding source authorized by state statute that may be implemented by counties to preserve lands of public interest (see RCW 84.34.200 - .240).

Recommended Resources

Last Modified: January 23, 2023