Carkeek Park gets county funding for park expansion

Carkeek Park will soon add more than an acre of space to the popular north Ballard park. The Metropolitan King County Council has made an agreement with the city of Seattle to use county Conservation Futures Tax Levy (CFT) funds to improve Carkeek Park.

The funds will be used to acquire a 1.65 acre wooded area on the edge of the park along Carkeek Park Road, which is located between the two major land areas of the park. According to the King County Council, the acquisition will prevent development on the property that would negatively impact the park and provide a buffer to Pipers Creek and the Pipers Creek Trail.

Councilmember Larry Phillips, Chair of the Transportation, Economy, and Environment Committee and representative of Ballard says the funds will, “enhance Carkeek Park by expanding the park to make a critical piece of buffering property available to the public in perpetuity.”

According to the council, King County CFT funds are collected throughout King County as a dedicated portion of the property tax for the acquisition of open space and resource lands.

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