Teamsters 117 is proud to represent members who work at the Seattle Parks Department, many of whom have seen their hours and number of staff cut back over the last several years because of a lack of funding for our parks system.

That's why we are supporting a YES vote for Seattle Prop. 1 on the ballot in August, to address a wide variety of parks system needs including: restoring staffing, hours, and programs for kids and seniors at community centers; major maintenance like replacing leaky roofs, boiler replacements, and critical electrical upgrades; ongoing maintenance like cleaning restrooms, trash pickup, and mowing; acquiring new parks and open space to meet increased demand; funding for major maintenance at Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium; and funding to protect habitat and open spaces in the city

Right now our parks must compete with other city services like police, fire, and human services, so when budgets are tight parks lose out. We can do better. Seattle Proposition 1, unanimously approved by the City Council, will provide the resources we need to ensure that our parks serve every neighborhood and community across Seattle. Our parks system is one of our greatest democratic institutions, bringing together people from all walks of life and all races and ethnicities to share equally in the beauty of nature and the benefits of recreation. Let’s ensure this treasured legacy is enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to creating a stable source for funding for parks, the proposal also increases funding for major maintenance at the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, where we also represent members.


If you'd like to help us pass this important measure, please join us next Thursday, July 18th as we contact voters who live in Seattle to make sure they understand how important this measure is to everyone who lives in Seattle and uses our parks.  If you can join us next Thursday, from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, please call Dustin Lambro, Political Coordinator at 206-441-4860 x1262 or email at

If you'd like more information on why Seattle Parks funding is so important, or to see a map of how Prop. 1 will affect your neighborhood please visit the campaign website at