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Visit a Park

To get more information about Edmonds Parks click here.
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Urban Forest Management Plan

We are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan. Click here for up-to-date project info.

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Downtown Parking Study

Thanks to the over 700 people who participated in the online survey and the approximately 45 people who attended the Public Scoping Meeting on 8/8.  To view a video recording of the Public Scoping meeting, click here
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Citizens' Housing Commission

Follow along at the project website
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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor.  You can find more information here.

creative distAt the annual Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards Gala Dinner last evening in Bremerton, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the downtown area of Edmonds (see attached map) has been designated Washington State’s first Certified Creative District. The program, launched in January 2018 by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), helps communities throughout the state grow their local economies through the arts and culture. 

Official presentation of the certificate of Creative District designation to Edmonds Mayor Earling will be made on Monday, December 3rd at 11am in the Brackett Room on the Third Floor of Edmonds City Hall, located at 121 5th Avenue North in Downtown Edmonds. ArtsWA staff will be present, as well as local dignitaries and staff. This event will be open to the public and to the press, who are encouraged to attend. 

The Creative District program was approved by the State Legislature in 2017 as a platform for communities to grow their arts and creative economies, providing jobs, educational and cultural opportunities, and sustainable economic growth. A Creative District is intended to comprise a geographically defined area where art, cultural, social, and economic activity takes place. It includes cultural facilities, artists, creative industries and other businesses that support these activities. Pictured in photo from left: Annette Roth, Creative District Program Manager, Frances Chapin, Edmonds Arts & Culture Program Manager, Patrick Doherty, Edmonds Economic Development Director, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, Karen Hanan, ArtsWA Executive Director                                                                                                                                         

Edmonds, located 12 miles north of Seattle on the shores of Puget Sound, has a prominent and long-lived arts and culture heritage. Primarily concentrated in Downtown Edmonds, theaters, museums and galleries are found side by side with creative restaurants, cafés, distillers, breweries, art shops and boutiques. Numerous venues for public gathering and performance, public art installations, and its eye-catching flower beds are concentrated in the historic Edmonds downtown. 

But even more important to the Creative District review committee, who unanimously selected Edmonds for certification, is the city’s long-term commitment to the arts and culture sector and its ambitious five-year work program intended to build on those successes to enhance the creative sector, enhance public engagement, grow jobs, and provide impetus for capital improvements. 

“We are delighted to recognize Edmonds as the State’s first certified Creative District,” remarked Program Director Annette Roth, “and look forward to working with the City over the next five years to really build on its successes to enhance its creative economy and achieve its objectives. Edmonds is the first Creative District, and we are working with other communities around the State that we hope will be able to join them as Creative Districts in the coming months.” 

Creative District designation benefits communities in a number of ways. The state certification is an endorsement of the arts and culture activities that already exist in a community and can be used to attract more artists, entrepreneurs and creative businesses. It helps a community create a focal point where people can gather and enjoy arts and cultural activities that reflect the community. The District acts as a magnet for visitors, drawing both local residents and tourists alike. ArtsWA has created a comprehensive program to help support communities flourish with this designation, providing grant funding opportunities, technical assistance and training for communities and artist entrepreneurs, wayfinding signage and more.

 “I couldn’t be more delighted,” commented Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, “with ArtsWA’s selection of Edmonds as the State’s first certified Creative District. We pulled together a robust public-engagement process over this past year that helped us create goals, objectives and milestones for an ambitious five-year program that we included in our application. What’s more, Edmonds has a long history of support for the arts and culture sector, with our Community Cultural Plan, dating back to the 1990s, one of the first in the State. My thanks go out to the review committee and ArtsWA staff for selecting Edmonds, and to Governor Inslee and the State Legislature for authorizing the Creative District program.”


Compost Fest - Cedar Grove promotion available until October 14

Cedar Grove has a fall Compost Fest underway, running through October 14. Fred Meyer locations, Cedar Grove locations and other independent retailers across the Puget Sound region will offer the promotional items. Visit the Compost Fest website to download coupons and view participating retailers

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Don’t miss the inaugural Paws in the Pool event hosted by the City of Edmonds and O.L.A.E.

(Edmonds - WA) - Edmonds is going to the dogs! The City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E) will be hosting the first ever Paws in the Pool event, Saturday September 21st at Yost Pool, 9535 Bowdoin Way. Proof of current rabies vaccination will be required prior to entry.  Swim sessions will be separated by dog’s weight and all dogs must be spayed or neutered. 

Dogs 50 lbs and under – 10 am - Noon
Dogs 51 lbs and over – 1 pm – 3 pm

Fee is $5 per dog with proceeds supporting ongoing maintenance at Yost Pool. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups will be accepted as space permits.

Sponsored in part by: Fifth Avenue Animal Hospital, Bridge Animal Referral Center (BARC), Peaceful Companion, Muttley Square, SplashDog, Muddy Pawz Dog Spa, Blue Collar Doghouse, Pawz 4 Pawz, Compassion 4 Paws, and Urban Wild Animal Training.

Rules, regulations and to register, go to reczone.org and search ‘paws’. For more information regarding the Paws in the Pool event contact Kim Anderson, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Coordinator 425-771-0268 or kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov.

84th Ave W Overlay Project - Construction Notice

Construction on the 84th Avenue Overlay Project will commence in early September of 2019, and be completed by November (weather permitting).

The project involves a full-width roadway grind and 2-inch overlay with new pavement between 212th St. SW and 220th St. SW. The project also proposes to add bike lanes on both sides of the street from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW and sharrows from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, in order to connect to the existing bicycle networks along 220th St. SW and 212th St. SW. The addition of bike lanes will modify the existing lane configuration and remove on-street parking on the east side of 84th Ave. W from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW. Pedestrian curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Pedestrian safety improvements will be incorporated into this project through the installation of pedestrian-actuated rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at the crosswalk directly in front of the Chase Lake Elementary School and a bulb-out at the 215th St. SW crosswalk. Stormwater improvements will be completed from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, including upsizing the stormwater line to a 12” pipe and upgrading the catch basins.

Intermittent traffic delays can be expected, but residential, pedestrian, and business access will be open throughout the project. The project is being funded by a federal transportation grant and local funding from the stormwater utility fund and real estate excise tax.

For questions or comments, please contact Jaime Hawkins, Capital Projects Manager, at (425)771-0220 or via e-mail at jaime.hawkins@edmondswa.gov.

The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input.

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council and the Mayor be paid? The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input on these important questions.

The City of Edmonds 2019 Salary Commission is asking members of the community through civic and business organizations, as well as the general public, to complete a survey in regards to Mayor and Council salaries. Take the online survey or visit City Hall for a paper version. The survey will close at the end of business on Monday, August 19, 2019.

A  Public Hearing and Specially Called Meeting has been scheduled for: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:00 pm Public Safety Training Room 250 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds, WA, 98020

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak. Follow this link for more information. 

Housing Commission Appointed

From 135 applications for the new Citizens’ Housing Commission, 15 members and 8 alternates have been appointed. The Commission’s task is to develop housing policy options for City Council consideration.

                        Housing Commission appointees by district are listed below:

District 1 (by Council member Kristiana Johnson): James Ogonowski and Karen Herrick (with Leif Warren, alternate);

District 2 (by Council member Dave Teitzel): Keith Soltner and Weija (Vicky) Wu (with Wendy Wyatt, alternate);

District 3 (by Council member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas): George Keefe and John Reed (with Eva-Denise Miller, alternate);

District 4 (by Council member Mike Nelson): Nichole Franko and Mike McMurray (with Kenneth Sund, alternate);

District 5 (by Council member Tom Mesaros); Greg Long and Tanya Kataria (with Shirley Havenga, alternate);

District 6 (by Council member Diane Buckshnis): Jess Blanch and Alena Nelson-Vietmeier (with Rick Nishino, alternate);

District 7 (by Council member Neil Tibbott): Judi Gladstone and Will Chen (with Jean Salls, alternate).

The Mayor’s appointment is “at-large” (not district-based): Bob Throndsen (with Tana Axtelle, alternate).

The Housing Commission was established by a resolution earlier this year. Under the resolution, the Commission is charged with developing, by the end of 2020, “diverse housing policy options for Council consideration designed to expand the range of housing (including rental and owned) available in Edmonds: options that are irrespective of age, gender, race, religious affiliation, physical disability or sexual orientation.”

The seven districts in Edmonds are based on U.S. Census areas, with roughly equal populations among them. The intent of this approach was to have representation from all parts of the city. This is the first time a district-based approach to commission appointments has been used in Edmonds.

All meetings of the Housing Commission will be open to the public. A date for the first meeting is being determined to allow as many of the new Commissioners to attend as possible. The meeting date and place will be announced ahead.   Monthly meetings will be scheduled after that.

To encourage more opportunities for local involvement, additional public events (such as open houses or town halls) will be scheduled and announced too. The events will vary in location and occur at least once per quarter. A broader community outreach strategy is being developed.

More information about the Housing Commission effort is online at: https://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/.

Mayor Appoints Jessica Neill Hoyson as the City's New Human Resources Director

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(Edmonds - WA) Mayor Dave Earling has appointed Jessica Neill Hoyson to fill the vacant Human Resources Director position at the City of Edmonds. City Council confirmed Jessica Neill Hoyson’s appointment at the Monday, August 5, 2019 Council meeting.

The City opened the HR Director recruitment on May 23, 2019 shortly after the prior HR Director, Mary Ann Hardie, provided her resignation notice. Mary Ann Hardie had served the City for fourteen years and was in the Director role since Council brought it back in September of 2016. read more

Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Housing Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) For Citizens’ Housing Commission Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

The City of Edmonds seeks professional services from a person or team to provide support for the work of a newly formed Housing Commission in one of the following ways: (1) meeting facilitation; (2) community engagement; or (3) both meeting facilitation and community engagement. Interested parties may submit their qualifications to support the City in any of these three ways. To be considered for the project, interested firms must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) by August 15, 4:00 pm.

[Note: A similar project was advertised in May, 2019 but the RFQ has since been revised to include specific budget information, clarifications, and new dates.]


A new Citizens Housing Commission will work between Fall 2019 and the end of 2020 to develop housing policies for recommendation to the City Council.   The City desires professional support to: (1) facilitate each Commission meeting to ensure good discussion and schedule progress; and (2) provide guidance and assistance to broadly and meaningfully engage the community on housing issues.   These two roles may be provided by the same firm or different firms, depending on qualifications and availability. Use of technology and visual tools is encouraged.  Click here for the full description.

Share your insights at Downtown Edmonds parking study scoping meeting.

Public encouraged to attend August 8th meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Brackett Room. For more information please click here.

All Aboard the FREE Edmonds Summer Trolley!

Summer trolley to run 11 am - 6 pm on Saturdays in August between downtown Edmonds and the waterfront district. Click here for more information. 

Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for July 24th

City to Celebrate the Opening of its First Inclusive-style Playground
SEAVIEW PLAYGROUND Ribbon Cutting scheduled for10am, Wednesday, July 24th

The City of Edmonds is pleased to announce that the inclusive playground at Seaview Park is near completion. The playground features play activities for children of all abilities including a poured in place fall surface material and multiple interactive spaces accessible at ground level AND a challenging climbing structure. In addition, the swings have been expanded from four (4) to seven (7) with the addition of an adaptive swing, a disc swing and a toddler bucket swing.

“As a neighborhood playground, we designed this in partnership with the Seaview community, we are very appreciative of the Edmonds City Council and Councilmember Nelson for their support in ensuring we had the resources necessary to be inclusive in our approach to the Seaview Playground,” stated City of Edmonds Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Burley.

You are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Seaview Park, 80thAve W & 186thSt. SW.

For more information regarding the Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting contact Shannon Burley, Deputy Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director 425-771-0232 orshannon.burley@edmondswa.gov.

Dog Rules in Parks Have Changed

City code has been simplified, let us clarify where you can and cannot take your dogs...

City Council has approved an updated code regarding dogs in parks on a trial basis. Dogs in parks must remain on a leash and in the owner’s control. Here in Edmonds we do not have a significant dog enforcement team and appreciate the efforts of dog owners to self-police. In addition to expanding opportunities for pet owners, the parks crew will be installing additional dog waste stations in parks. Click here for questions and answers regarding dogs in parks wtih our Parks Director, Carrie Hite

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