Parks measure didn’t win a single precinct

We knew on Election Day that voters had overwhelmingly rejected Vancouver’s proposal for a new tax that would have provided dedicated funding for parks and recreation. Sixty-six percent of voters voted no, a percentage that didn’t change as additional votes were counted.

The final tally: 39,802 people voted no; 20,355 people voted yes.

That’s certainly a convincing margin. But check this out – not only did the parks measure fail, it failed to win a single precinct, even left-leaning areas west of Interstate 5.

The measure fared best in the lightest-colored precincts, but still failed to pick up a majority.


Watch for Stevie Mathieu’s story in Sunday’s newspaper, which will give a geographical breakdown of some of the county’s more interesting races. Races will be mapped online, and you can click on a precinct and see results – this map, however, is just a screen shot.

The parks measure did the best in precincts 120 and 130, both of which are west of I-5 and include the Esther Short, Arnada and Shumway neighborhoods. In each precinct, 47 percent of voters supported the measure.

The measure performed the worst in precinct 153, which includes part of the West Minnehaha neighborhood – the tip of the precinct hits the part of the map that says Walnut Grove. In that precinct, just 22 percent of voters wanted a new tax for parks and recreation.

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at or 360-735-4508.

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