Rich Patton (He/him)

Parks Administration
Title: Division Manager
Phone: 425-388-6618

Parks have always been in my blood. I love to explore local, state, and National Parks. In fact, I was born in a park in Seattle. I was born at Fort Lawton Army Hospital, which is now Discovery Park. As a child, I lived close to Picnic Point Park (where my dad was a caretaker for many years) and Meadowdale Beach Park. As a young boy, my dad used to take me hiking in Lund’s Gulch long before it became Meadowdale Beach Park. Later in life, I began my full-time career with Snohomish County Parks as the first Park Ranger at Meadowdale.

I am very proud to have been working with Snohomish County Parks my entire career. I worked as a seasonal Park Aide for a season and then worked as a Park Ranger for two seasons. I was an on-site ranger/caretaker for 13 years. I served as a Park Ranger for 19 years and then became the Park Operations Supervisor in 2006 and the Division Manager in 2023. We have a great staff here at Snohomish County Parks which makes our division a great place to work at. I graduated from the Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy in 1994. I have been on the academy’s board of advisers since 2007 and currently serve as Board Chairman.

I enjoy Landscape Photography, I spend a lot of time behind the camera. I am an avid hiker and mountaineer. I have summited Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, and Mt Baker, along with several minor peaks in Washington and Oregon. I love bicycling and have even done the STP as a one-day rider. I just can’t wait to get outside!


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