The Greater Clark Parks District was created in February 2005 when voters in the
unincorporated urban area outside the City of Vancouver passed Proposition 1. This property tax-based
metropolitan parks district provides funding for maintenance, operations and construction of 30 new neighborhood
parks, five new community parks, seven miles of new walking trails, and additional sports field capacity to meet the needs of the county's youth sports programs.
The Board of County Commissioners oversees operation of the Greater Clark Parks
District program. Clark County Public Works is
responsible for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the associated projects.
The new parks, trails and sports fields will help provide a better quality of life,
an increased ability to attract businesses to the area and a healthier community.
In addition, the parks district program will put millions of dollars back into the local
economy through construction and engineering contracts with local firms, and hiring
additional park maintenance personnel.
If voters hadn't approved the Greater Clark Parks District program, all 35 parks would have
remained undeveloped, and the Park Impact Fees available to design and construct them would
have expired and been returned to developers.