Vashon Park District was created by the Islanders of Vashon and Maury Island in 1983 to provide park and recreational opportunities to complement our island lifestyle. The District is funded through a property tax levy approved every four years by Islanders' vote. The mission and goal of the Park District is overseen by a board of five locally elected Islander commissioners, who serve four-year terms to guide the community agency.
In 1996, King County gave the Park District properties on Vashon and Maury Island that had been county parks. Today, Vashon Park District supports 18 Island parks and programming that serves the entire community.
The Park District works closely with several volunteer stewardship groups who oversee the use, development, and planning for each park. To Learn more about becoming a Steward of your favorite park contact Vashon Park District office located at Ober Park. email
or call 206-469-9602.
(adopted by the Board of Commissioners August, 2014)
The mission of the Vashon Park District is to equitably provide and maintain parks and recreational resources; facilitate healthy lifestyle, activity, and community programs; and preserve the island’s natural and built environment through sustainable stewardship, creative community partnership, and fiscal responsibility.
(adopted by the Executive Director September, 2014)
The Vashon Park District vision is to achieve the highest level of Park and Recreation accreditation as a symbol of our commitment to excellence.
(adopted by VPD staff September, 2014)
Total Community Commitment
We will continually learn the needs and expectations of those we serve – our community -- and strive to exceed them.
Commitment to Excellence
We recognize that being good is simply not good enough. We will strive to exceed expectations in maintaining and preserving all of our parks and facilities to the highest quality standards of safety, function, and beauty.
We will serve our community with honesty, integrity, and transparency. We believe that maintaining public trust is paramount.
The provision of superior service to the community requires the attraction and continuous development of dedicated, highly motivated, and competent staff.
Our organizational practices will consistently demonstrate our commitment to environmental and fiscal sustainability.
We learn from our successes and from our mistakes – through our experience and from one another. We know we are more effective as a whole than any one of us alone. We are welcoming and foster inclusion. We want every community member to know that we are glad they are here and participating.