Nature & Environment

Natural resources and open space are important to the City and a vital component to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. The natural environment provides habitat and refuge for fish and wildlife, enhances water, air and soil quality, and provides area for recreation, reflection and relaxation.  

The City currently owns 40 acres of natural parkland (Wilkinson Farm Park, Adam Tallman Park, Grandview Forest Park, Austin Estuary Park and Donkey Creek Park) whose main function is to provide natural resources experiences and enjoyment.  In addition to these natural parks, the City owns over 80 acres of open space and undeveloped land.  This acreage provides habitat for flora and fauna and provides a natural landscape for citizens to enjoy.   

In addition to owning natural and open space properties, the City participates with the following environmental agencies/groups in order to maintain and restore critical habitat:

PugetSound Partnership West Central Local Integrating Organization 
WestSoundWatershed Council

KeyPeninsula-Gig Harbor-Island Watershed Council (KGI Watershed Council)