scenic picture from Washington state
SubjectsParks and Recreation › Intergovernmental Cooperation in Parks and Recreation
Updated 02/2014

Intergovernmental Cooperation in Parks and Recreation

Contents

About Intergovernmental Cooperation

Intergovernmental cooperation is an effective way for local governments to respond to recreational needs. Cooperative efforts can eliminate unnecessary duplication of services, reduce overall park and recreation costs, and can more effectively meet the educational, recreational, and leisure time needs of a region.

This page provides sample interlocal agreements for services and facilities related to parks and recreation. The contract samples are provided principally for their format and subject coverage, a few may have been superseded by a more recent interlocal agreement. See also MRSC's general information page on Intergovernmental Cooperation.

General Statements of Cooperation

  • Interlocal cooperation agreement between Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights for the purpose of collaborating to provide the West Plains with combined recreational opportunities, 02/14/2012-12/31/2012, with one year extensions
  • Joint Use Agreement between Highline School District No. 401 and The cities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac - A cooperative effort between the listed agencies to allow for reciprocal use of buildings, recreational spaces and fields. Agreement allows all agencies to work together to fit the needs of all agencies instead of rooms, fields and recreational spaces from going empty. Term: 01/01/2013-12/31/2016, automatic 3 year renewals unless notice of termination. (From Normandy Park Council Agenda 01/21/2014)
  • Interlocal contract between City of Lynden and Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District, 08/2000 - Lynden is within the boundaries of the Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District.
  • Agreement for the joint use of facilities between Seattle School District No. 1 and Seattle Parks and Recreation, 2010-2015 - See preamble and vision statement
  • Tacoma and Metropolitan Parks District Agreement to maintain and operate certain parks and facilities owned by the city, 11/2008

Consolidated Administration

  • Vancouver and Clark County Interlocal Parks Agreement, 03/2008. On Jan. 1, 1997, the Vancouver and Clark County consolidated parks departments to form the Vancouver-Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. The new unified agency is managed by the city. See Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
  • MyParksandRecreation.com - A collaborative effort of the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville to provide a central gateway to activity registration, facility reservations, and related services.

Joint Acquisition and/or Development of Facilities

  • Ballfields - Interlocal Agreement between Bellevue and King County for joint development use of ballfields at Marymore Park 2010-2012; Bellevue Resolution No. 8549 executes Amendment No. 3 for a 5 year period; and 4th Amendment is for 03/18/2013 to 06/29/2017.
  • Playfield - Development and operation agreement between Edmonds, Lynnwood, Snohomish County and Edmonds School District No. 15 for Meadowdale Playfield (Agreement 1985-2024).
  • Swimming Pools - See also Metropolitan Park District List for other acquisition and joint operation information
    • Northshore Aquatics Study, Woodinville - Provides background to Northshore Pool
    • Area Aquatic Study, Northshore Park and Recreation Service Area (Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Northshore School District), 06/2008
    • Aquatic Facilities - Interlocal Agreement between Edmonds School District and Lynnwood regarding Aquatic Facilities, 06/2011
    • Swimming Pool - Agreement between the city of Bellevue and Bellevue School District No. 405 for the development of the warm water pool at the Odle pool site and lease of the Odle pool, 30 year agreement with additional renewals, (Bellevue Resolution No. 5959 and agreement, 1996)

Joint Use of Facilities

  • Athletic Fields Bellevue School District and Bellevue - Interlocal Agreement for Field Scheduling and Join Use of District Athletic Fields During Non-School Times, 10/23/2009 - 08/31/2013, provides for one five year renewal
  • Joint Use Agreement between Highline School District No. 401 and the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac - A cooperative effort between the listed agencies to allow for reciprocal use of buildings, recreational spaces and fields. Agreement allows all agencies to work together to fit the needs of all agencies instead of rooms, fields and recreational spaces from going empty. Term: 01/01/2013-12/31/2016, automatic 3 year renewals unless notice of termination. (From Normandy Park Council Agenda 01/21/2014)
  • lnterlocal Agreement for Use of Facilities between Lake Washington School District and the City of Kirkland, 08/13/2009 – 08/12/2014, provides for 5 year renewal – Agreement covers City's and District's development, maintenance, scheduling, and use of both parties' athletic fields and facilities, located within the City of Kirkland and the proposed annexation area (PAA)
  • Prosser Agreement with Prosser School District 116 School for use of city's competition swimming pool and old bathhouse for 2011-2012 school year.
  • Puyallup Resolution No. 1781 - Authorizing an interlocal agreement with the city of Fife regarding reciprocal use of recreational facilities, 01/01/2003 until terminated
  • Renton and Renton School District No. 405 Interlocal Agreement - The District grants permission to use of its Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center free of charge, whenever deemed practicable by the District, for the City to conduct cultural arts programs, public assemblies, and special events.
  • Seattle and Seattle School District Agreement for the Joint Use of Facilities between The Seattle School District No. 1 and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Parks and Recreation - Includes Joint Use Agreement, Appendices, and Schools in Pools
  • Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Interlocal Agreement for Recreation Program and Facility Access - Agenda item for Council Meeting of September 30, 2013; provides background and agreement
  • Sedro-Woolley Shared Facility Agreement with Sedro-Woolley School District No. 101, 2008 - No termination date.

Joint Programs

  • Airway Heights, Cheney, and Medical Lake Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for purpose of collaborating to provide the West Plains with combined recreational opportunities, 02/14/2012-12/31/2012, with one year extensions - sets up joint board
  • Bellevue and Bellevue School District Resolution 5840 adopting a joint resolution with the Bellevue School District to create a partnership to meet the needs of the community by focusing on schools as community resource centers, passed 12/1994
  • Bonney Lake, Sumner School District, and Sumner Interlocal agreement relating to the creation and operation of a joint recreation Program, 01/01/2013-12/31/2014, renewable for two year terms - Creates joint advisory board, provides for administration, funding, and responsibilities of each party
  • Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, and Pierce County Agreement to form a joint board for intergovernmental cooperation to provide resources to provide efficient, cost-effective recreation service, 06/2003
  • Pierce County Companionship Program - The program is designed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. It is a cooperative effort with the Bethel, Clover Park, Eatonville, Peninsula, Puyallup, and Sumner school districts and other local parks and recreation departments.
  • Spokane Valley, Spokane, and Spokane Parks and Recreation Interlocal Agreement to jointly offer certain recreational program classes, May 21, 2010 - December 31, 2012
  • Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater Specialized Recreation for persons with developmental and or physical disabilities

Need more information?

Feel free to Ask MRSC. Washington cities, counties, and our contract partners can call or email MRSC for more information and advice - free of charge.