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Anderson Island Park & Recreation District is funded by a levy on Anderson Island property tax, renewed every 6 years. 2023 is our year to commit to funding the parks for 2024-2029!
This levy does not pay for property acquisition, but only operating costs including maintenance, insurance, recreation programs, financial services, utilities and election expenses.
Our park district is run by 5 elected, unpaid park commissioners and a contract maintenance crew, with no paid staff, leveraging grants, volunteers and creativity to turn these taxpayer funds into the robust park system you enjoy.
AIPRD is asking for your vote to renew our funding levy at the same rate that was approved in 2017:
50 cents per $1,000 of property value, which is about the same funding as the library.
89% of AIPRD revenue came from this levy.
No, this is a common misperception. Anderson Island Park and Recreation District is an independent entity, funded exclusively by Anderson Island property owners through a levy on island property taxes. AIPRD is a municipal corporation who reports to the state and is not affiliated with the county or state park systems.
In 1968, residents of Anderson Island voted to create and fund their own park district, receiving the Old Schoolhouse (the oldest in Pierce County!) and surrounding property as a donation from the Steilacoom School District as it’s first park.
With about 460 acres under our stewardship, AIPRD manages almost 10% of the island’s acreage, maintaining trails and public access in 10 of our 11 parks, as well as county easements.
WA state has a 1% levy cap, meaning when a levy is approved at a certain rate, that levy will ONLY pay out an increase of 1% of the previous year's allotment.
This graph shows how AIPRD's levy revenue went from the approved $.50 per $1000 to only $.28 per $1000 in our final year.
Almost 15 acres of untouched forest with a trail through old-growth Western Cedars
Created as an extension of the Wildlife Park, trails meander along Schoolhouse Creek
Took possession of a county easement on the north shore of the island, facing Eagle Island and offering a stretch of beach for visitors (and their pups) to enjoy
Cleared conservation restrictions to create 2 rough trails to the shore of Florence Lake, including future lake access for dogs
Lower Lagoon Trail creating a hiking loop and allowing access to the spit without using the bridge
Pup owners got a little shade and cover from the rain at Freddy's Off-Leash Dog Park
Across the park system, miles of low-lying trails were shored up with gravel, added drainage and in some cases, raised walkways
Both picnic benches and straight benches were upgraded and added to parks
Swimming Hole docks were replaced and Tom White Park’s bridge over the creek was rebuilt
Trails across the park system were planted with daffodils by volunteers
Trail maps were installed across the park system
New website and social media presence to keep the community connected to park happenings
Upgrades to the Outdoor Classroom in Jane Cammon Park
New softball, basketball, and soccer equipment for Russ Cammonfield
Horseshoe pit added to Montalvo Park
Creation of Youth Kayaking Program with top-of-the-line equipment
Annual Basketball Camp began in 2021
2022 Youth Activities Program provided free camps, trips and activities for 50 K-12 island kids