Recently developed parks in Clark County are part of the Greater Clark Parks District program, which voters in the unincorporated urban area outside the City of Vancouver approved in February 2005.
Clark County primarily relies on park impact fees to pay for purchasing land for new parks and developing new parks. Park impact fees are collected when new residential housing is built. They must be spent within the district in which they are collected.
The county collects two park impact fees, one for land acquisition and one for park development. Prior to 2014, these fees were deposited into separate accounts for each district. After that date, park impact fees were deposited into combined accounts for each district. Money from these combined accounts can be spent on either land acquisition or park development.
A park is developed when the county owns the land, has sufficient funds to pay for construction and has ongoing revenue to maintain the park.
In 2005. voters also authorized an ongoing property tax levy, primarily to maintain 35 new parks, seven miles of trail and a number of sports fields the county would build in the Greater Clark Parks District.
Since 2005, Clark County Public Works has completed 28 parks and 26 sports fields. In addition, the county also is working on the Camp Bonneville clean up.
Parks completed in 2014
Remaining Greater Clark Parks District neighborhood parks
Remaining Greater Clark Parks District community parks