Park Planning



Current Adopted Plan

Snohomish County adopted the current Park and Recreation Element (PRE) in June 2015. This document is a component of the Snohomish County Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan and works together with the County’s General Policy Plan and Capital Facilities Plan to provide goals, objectives and strategies for providing park services through 2035. The PRE includes a list of envisioned park improvements intended to serve growth, as well as address interests identified by the public.


Update in Progress: Comp Plan 2024 Update

Parks staff are working with long-range planners in Planning and Development Services and Public Works on the update to the Comprehensive Plan for adoption in December 2024. The Comprehensive Plan will include an updated Parks and Recreation Element (PRE), which will include updated maps, level-of-service calculations, project priorities, policies, goals, objectives and strategies to meet the growth and demand over the next 20 years. The updated PRE will be based upon the current Park and Recreation Visioning Plan (PRVP), which summarizes public needs in park facilities and services.

A request for public comments on the policy amendments for each section of the comprehensive plan is available for review at the County’s Planning website.

Parks policy amendments will be available for review March 31 - May 1, 2023.


The Comprehensive Plan (the "Plan") is a document that guides Snohomish County decisions on a wide range of topics and services over a 20-year time period. As the Plan acts as the blueprints for development in the county, it will impact neighborhoods, businesses, traffic, the environment, recreation opportunities, and you. The Plan is also meant to reflect the vision and priorities of Snohomish County communities and residents, while meeting requirements of state and federal law. When adopted, the Plan will be in effect from 2024 to 2044 with minor updates.


Staff Contact

For more information on the Snohomish County Comprehensive Parks Plan update, please contact email Carol Ohlfs, Principal Park Planner, at (425) 388-6609.


Current Adopted Plan

The Snohomish County Park and Recreation Visioning Plan (PRVP) was adopted in February 2022. The plan utilized a visioning process that set goals and engaged the public to identify needs and evaluate satisfaction with parks and recreation opportunities. The PRVP provides public input that will guide our division’s comprehensive planning process. The 2021 plan includes updated chapters on the Parks Division’s vision, goals and objectives, inventory, public involvement, demand and need analysis, and capital improvement program. The PRVP was created based on a process that also satisfies planning requirements of the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). Adoption of this document ensures Snohomish County remains eligible for grant funding available from RCO.


Staff Contact

For more information on the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Visioning Plan, please contact email Carol Ohlfs, Principal Park Planner, at 425-388-6609.


A complete listing of facilities managed by Parks is provided in the Snohomish County Parks Inventory Report (PIR). A summary spreadsheet included in the PIR lists each park alphabetically and includes information on classification, size and general amenities.  A description of each of the classifications is located in the PIR and includes information about the intended service area for each classification. Further information on each Snohomish County park property is found on individual park maps in the PIR, following the summary listing. An overview map is also included in the PIR showing the distribution of park facilities around the county.


The County’s annual CIP is updated each year through the budget adoption process. The CIP includes the list of planned parks and recreation capital projects for the next 6 years. Find updated CIP documentation here.


See Current Park Projects for active planning group projects.