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Visit a Park

To get more information about Edmonds Parks click here.
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Urban Forest Management Plan

We are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan. Click here for up-to-date project info.

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Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector

Click here to learn more about the project.
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Edmonds Housing Strategy

Follow along at the project website
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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor.  You can find more information here.

Stormwater Management
Streamside Landowners
Best Management Practices (BMPs)


We are lucky to live in one of the most wildlife-rich places in the world.. By ensuring that streamside activities have beneficial impacts instead of harmful impacts, and that they enhance habitat-forming natural processes instead of stopping them, you can improve stream health and wildlife habitat for generations to come.

The most important things you can do to create good wildlife habitat are also the most important things you can do for your stream:

    1. Leave Your Streambanks Natural:  Healthy streams are bordered by native trees and shrubs, and are crossed with fallen logs and roots that catch and hold sediment, leaves, and debris.  It may look untidy, but such natural clutter is essential to the health of rivers and streams.  Trees, shrubs, and roots, stabilize streambanks and reduce erosion.  Logs and branches in streams slow water velocity and protect streambanks and streamside plants from being swept away in high winter flows.  Fallen trees help create gravel bars where salmon and trout spawn.
    2. Plant Native Plants:  Native plants are suited to our local climate and soils so they don’t require watering, fertilizer, or pesticides. Native plants are hosts for many species of beneficial insects that serve as pollinators, food for salmon, trout and birds, and predators of harmful insects. They also provide seeds and fruit for birds. Salmon depend on native plants for shade, shelter (young salmon hide in overhanging shrubs at all times of the year), food (the mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies that salmon eat all need native plants), and leaf litter.
    3. Plant Trees: Shrubs, especially native shrubs, are very good for streams. Trees, however, provide many services that shrubs and smaller plants cannot. Living trees provide shade that keeps water cool. They provide food such as beneficial insects. They also provide leaves, needles, twigs and branches for the insects, amphibians and fish that live in the streams. Dead and fallen trees provide habitat for insects, amphibians and fish. They create pools that control sediment and nutrient movement. They slow the flow of water, reducing erosion and property damage.

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    1. Limit Use of Lawn Chemicals:  Most lawn chemicals can harm your stream.
  • Pesticides designed to kill terrestrial insects can also kill aquatic insects such as the mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies that salmon and trout rely on for food. They can also kill important predatory insects like dragonfly and damselfly larvae, aquatic beetles, and water striders. These insects help control mosquitoes, blackflies, and other pests.
  • Herbicides designed to kill weeds can also kill aquatic vegetation, cutting off the food supply for the entire aquatic food chain. The nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizers, livestock waste, and pet waste are like vitamins. People need vitamins to live, but too much of some vitamins is toxic. Likewise, streams need phosphorus and nitrogen, but too much can cause severe problems. High nitrogen levels in water are also toxic to fish. Phosphorus is a major problem in many Snohomish County lakes.
  • Fertilizers dissolve in rainwater and wash into the soil. Some, but not all, of the fertilizer is absorbed and used by plants. The rest eventually migrates into streams, where it causes algae blooms. Algae blooms not only look bad, they consume dissolved oxygen in the water – oxygen that fish and other aquatic wildlife need to breathe. Cold-water fish species like salmon and trout require high oxygen levels.
    1. Wash Your Car at a Car Wash:  Fuel, oil, antifreeze, copper, and zinc are common pollutants from your vehicle. Fuel, oil, and antifreeze drip onto roads. Bits of copper and zinc wear off your brake pads and fall onto roads. Rain turns those powdered metals and chemicals into a poisonous soup that is sprayed over your vehicle as you drive. These pollutants and soap can flow into storm drains and ditches that discharge into your stream. Remember: Most storm drains flow directly to streams and rivers that flow into Puget Sound!

By washing your vehicle at a carwash, you can send those pollutants, along with your dirty soap, to a wastewater treatment plant where they belong.

If you do wash your car at home it is best to do so on the lawn or direct the soapsuds to the lawn. Soap in limited quantities will not harm your lawn, but is extremely damaging to fish and other aquatic life.

  1. Keep Pets out of Streams: Pets and livestock are hard on streams. They damage streamside vegetation, cause erosion, and trample salmon eggs. They disrupt spawning salmon, disturb wildlife, and harass juvenile fish. Like fertilizer, pet waste can cause severe nitrogen, phosphorus, and bacterial problems.

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Flag Lowering in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

flag half staffFriday, December 7, 2018 ~ United States Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

City and Ed! Announce 2nd Annual Amateur Caroling Contest

The City of Edmonds and Ed! announce the second annual amateur caroling contest in downtown Edmonds. For more information click here.

Flag Lowering for Former President George H.W. Bush

flag half staffMonday, December 3, 2018 until sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018 ~ flags are to be flown at half-staff in memory of former United State President George H.W. Bush who passed away on November 30, 2018 at the age of 94.

Edmonds Designated Washington State's First Creative District

Governor Inslee Announces Designation Tuesday Evening

(Edmonds, WA) - At the annual Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards Gala Dinner last evening in Bremerton, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the downtown area of Edmonds (see attached map) has been designated Washington State’s first Certified Creative District. The program, launched in January 2018 by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), helps communities throughout the state grow their local economies through the arts and culture. read more | see map

Port of Edmonds Approves Funding for Waterfront Connector Project

Port Commissioners Approve $1.5 Million Contribution

(Edmonds, WA) - At its Monday, November 26th regular meeting, following a presentation and request by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, the Edmonds Port Commission voted unanimously to contribute up to $1.5 million in construction funding to the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector project, proposed by the City of Edmonds. With details yet to be finalized, the Commissioners stipulated the funds will be provided to the City when the project proceeds into the construction phase. read more

Public Information Meetings on Housing Strategy to Be Held

Informational public meetings on housing strategy issues will be held in December by the City of Edmonds in two locations: one on December 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Library Plaza Meeting Room, 650 Main Street, and the other on December 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Swedish Edmonds Hospital Conference Room, 21601 76th Ave W.

Both meetings will follow a similar format, starting with a short presentation on housing and the status of the draft housing strategy, followed by questions from the audience and responses from the Mayor or City staff.  For more information click here.

Citizens Housing Advisory Committee to Meet November 29

The Citizens Housing Advisory Committee will meet on November 29 at 6:30 pm in the Edmonds City Hall Brackett Room (third floor), 121 Fifth Avenue North.  The meeting is open to the public.  For mor information click here.

"Welcome To Edmonds" Signage

Please come share your input at a public open house on Thursday, November 29th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Library Plaza Room on gateway signs that welcome people to Edmonds. For more information click here

Diversity Film Series 2nd Movie on Saturday, November 18

Diversity Commission Film Series features Native American-themed film this coming Saturday. For more information click here.

Citizen Group to Advise City Dept. on Housing Strategy



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Contact:       SHANE HOPE | SHANE.HOPE@EDMONDSWA.GOV | 425.771.0220

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(Edmonds - WA) A small citizen group has been asked to advise the Edmonds Development Services Department on issues and process for re-working the draft housing strategy. The group had an introductory meeting on November 8. The next meeting date is being scheduled now, but will likely be November 15 or 29 at 6:30 pm in the Brackett Room of Edmonds City Hall. It will be open to the public.

“I’ve asked a few community residents with different perspectives to provide me advice for developing the next draft housing strategy,” said Shane Hope, the City’s Development Services Director. “This not a formal appointed group but they are solid local residents and can be a great source of ideas and also a sounding board moving forward. Of course, we want lots of other public input too.”

She noted that more types of community meetings and events will follow. “We care about all neighborhoods and want to find places not only in the Bowl but elsewhere to have public meetings. Ideas are welcome. “

Actual milestones and schedules for the City’s re-draft work are still being planned. More Information, including the advisory group’s next meeting date, will be posted on the City’s housing website: https://www.edmondshousingstrategy.org/.

The website also has a new section for questions and answers. City staff plan to update this section as frequently as possible.

Members named to the department’s advisory group all live in town and have each been local residents from 4-60 years.  

They are: Treg Camper, Alicia Crank, Lindsey Crawford, Brian Goodnight, Pat McDevitt, Dave Teitzel, Bob Throndsen, Rob Van Tassel, and Diana White. Of the members, Dave Teitzel also serves on the City Council. Rob Van Tassel is the only member who previously was on the Housing Strategy Task Force that made recommendations for the first draft housing strategy.

Arts Commission Opportunities

 Current and On-going Arts Commission Opportunities

Deadline Dec 3:
Arts Commission Open Position pdfPosition_Description_2019.pdf | pdfEAC_Position_Application_Form.pdf
Temporary Public Art Installation - pdfDayton_Sign_art_call.pdf

Deadline Jan 4: Summer Concerts Call for Performers - pdfCall_for_Performers_2019.pd

Deadline March 1: Write on the Sound writers' conference: Call for Presenters web page

“On the Fence” Temporary Public Art Installations - pdfOn_the_Fence_Call_to_Artists.pdf
Visual Art Exhibit information: Exhibits web page


Other and Upcoming Opportunities

  • 2020 Tourism Promotion Award: Application will be available spring 2019. Application deadline is first week in June, 2019. 
  • Public Art projects are posted under Current Opportunities above, when available.
  • Edmonds Arts Commission and Student Representative positions are posted under Current Opportunties above, when open.

For further information about Edmonds Arts Commission opportunities, please call 425-771-0228 or email: eac@edmondswa.gov

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Coming Events