Park Rules

After an extensive outreach effort and revision study, park staff made  recommendations to City Council on Dec 6th, 2017 on final park rules.

See the latest revisions on key topics in the chart below or presentation here.

  • What are Park Rules?

    Laws that address criminal and civil behaviors on City park and trail properties. They can be found in Redmond Municipal Code section 9.32.

    Camping on all city-owned properties, including parks and trails, is addressed in RMC 9.33, which is currently being revised. Most of our community does not support camping in public parks or trails, regardless of 9.33 revisions concerning shelter availability. After careful study, the interdepartmental team is recommending that police officers continue to enforce park hours (no one is allowed in parks or trails after hours). For more information on 9.33 revisions, please visit Camping Restrictions on Public Land .

  • Why should we update our rules?

    Current Park Rules were last updated in 1994.

    Since 1990, our residential population has increased by 40%! Our employment population has also increased by 54%. The Edge Skate Park and Redmond Bike Park have been built since then, and several new parks are being developed or planned, including Downtown Park, Redmond Central Connector, and future urban parks in Overlake Village.

    Revisions are needed to ensure that parks and trails are welcoming, safe, clean, and well-maintained—and most importantly—reflect what users want to see and experience.

  • Who is deciding how rules should be written?

    All of us! But, a team of city staff from Parks and Recreation, Police, Planning, and Communications has been formed to do the legwork and complete some initial research.

    They are working closely with commissions, committees and community groups to study the issue and collect input and suggestions from the public to guide proposed changes.

    Commissions will review the team’s research and forward their recommendations to City Council, who has the authority to codify the new rules.

  • What is our approach?

    The city staff team developed a set of goals and rule criteria as a roadmap for the review.


    • Parks should be welcoming, safe, clean, and well-maintained.

    • Behaviors in parks should be positive, encouraging more community use.

    Rules should:

    • Be enforceable, equitable and applied uniformly.

    • Be sensitive to the diverse cultural practices of our community.

    • Not adversely impact any one segment or group of our community.

    • Address real issues and anticipate issues that may elevate over time, as seen in similar/neighboring communities, or with emerging technology.

  • How is enforcement being addressed?

    Rules must be enforceable, but we also know that education of rules is vital, often heading off the need for enforcement. Police and park staff will be trained on all new park rules and the importance of educating the public about them.

    Police and park staff already work closely to handle rule violations and will continue to do so if rules are changed.

    Some behaviors or acts violate state law and are enforced by police, just as they are in the rest of the city.

    Some behaviors or acts in parks are categorized as misdemeanors, which may result in a ticket and monetary fine. Other behaviors do not rise to the level of a misdemeanor and are categorized as a civil infraction, which may result in a ticket with a slightly lower fine.

    The level of risk to public safety and impact to park patrons or property shapes how police and/or park staff respond.

    While police have full enforcement authority for park rules, park staff can play a key roles in educating people about the rules. Park staff may elevate issues for further assistance, or ask for an officer response for possible enforcement/ticketing.

  • How is this project being tackled?

    Park maintenance staff, police officers, recreation workers and human services already have day-to-day insight and hear often from park users on what they would like to see.

    Staff is meeting with multiple groups to talk about potential changes including Parks and Trails Commission, Arts and Culture Commission, Parks and Human Services Committee, Public Safety Committee, Public Safety Advisory Board, Neighborhood Block Watch Captains, Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee, Youth Advisory Board and Advocacy, and sports leagues. These meetings are open to the public and some provide opportunities for public feedback.

    With day-to-day insight and some initial guidance from commissions and community groups, the team has a general starting point for proposed revisions. This team has also been analyzing park rules in other cities, to better understand issues we may need to address in Redmond.

Changes Being Studied

For more information, contact David Shaw, Project Manager at 425-556-2378 or

See what Parks recommended to City Council