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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Parks Plan Aims to Improve Veterans Park, Replace Pavilion

The City Council on Tuesday approved the Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) Plan, which provides a comprehensive long-range vision for the city recreation and parks system.


The plan identifies these priorities:

  • continue to fulfill the Ballinger Park master plan
  • replace the 53-year-old Recreation Pavilion
  • execute the Veterans Memorial Park master plan
  • upgrade playgrounds 
  • improve sports fields
  • acquire property to address geographic gaps in park access 
  • add restrooms


Roughly 1,900 people provided feedback for the plan during a lengthy public outreach process. Of those, the majority said they visit a city park or recreation site at least weekly.


The research included a gap analysis showing which neighborhoods can reach amenities within a quarter-mile or half-mile walk. Data maps show four distinct areas where park access could be improved, largely west of the high school and west of I-5.


The full RPOS document can be read online. For more information, contact Jeff Betz, Recreation and Parks Director, at 425-640-3101 or



A group of people on mats take part in a dance and fitness class in 2019.Dance and fitness classes, like this example from 2019, are one of the major offerings through Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks.

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