Park Projects and Funding
Clark County park projects are built in accordance with the county's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PDF).
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.
When creating the district, voters approved 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 30 parks and 26 sports fields.
Generally speaking, Clark County has three types of parks: neighborhood, community and regional.
Park impact fees
Clark County primarily relies on park impact fees to pay for land for parks and to develop parks. Park impact fees are collected when new residential housing is built. The Greater Vancouver area is divided into 10 park districts, and park impact fees 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.
- Map showing park impact fee districts (PDF)
- Chart showing park impact fee fund balances (PDF)
- Park impact fees 101: A three-page summary (PDF)
Parks built in 2016
Remaining Greater Clark Parks District neighborhood parks
- Kelly Meadows Neighborhood Park (formerly East Minnehaha) (Green Meadows area)
- Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park (formerly Stanton) (Fairgrounds area)
- Otto Brown Neighborhood Park (formerly North Sifton) (Heritage area)
- Salmon Creek Community Club Neighborhood Park (Fairgrounds area)
Remaining Greater Clark Parks District community parks
In addition, Clark County Public Works also oversees the Camp Bonneville cleanup. The county ultimately intends to use a portion of the former U.S. Army post as a regional park.