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Manson Bay Park Lifeguards (left to right) Hugo Lopez, George Benson, and Dawson Smith

The April 27th Special Election Ballot features a request from Manson Park & Recreation District to renew the current Maintenance and Operations levy. Parks and facilities currently benefiting from these funds include Manson Bay Park, Manson Bay Marina, Singleton Park, Willow Point Park, Old Swim Hole, Leffler Field, Wapato Lake Campground, and Old Mill Boat Launch.

The current levy- at a rate of $0.23 or less per $1000 of assessed property value- was approved by voters back in 2018 with a 70% approval rating. 60% ‘YES’ is required to pass. This levy helps fund the standard maintenance and operations for our parks and programs. Here are some examples of where your dollars are spent:

• Lifeguard program
• AAU
• Utilities
• Turf maintenance
• Employee wages and benefits
• Equipment repair, maintenance, and purchases
• Litter and trash removal
• Professional services (including design, engineering, permitting, grant funding, etc.)
• Supplies (office equipment, restroom supplies, irrigation repair parts, etc.)

The requested rate for this levy remains the same as it has for many years. In 2015, Manson Parks reduced the previous amount to $0.23 or less per $1000 of assessed property value. What this means is that someone with property valued at $100,000 could expect to pay, at most, $23.00 each year for the next 3 years. In 2020, the actual rate collected was only $0.155 per $1000. The collected rate is determined by the anticipated needs of the district in conjunction with property assessments. Due to the minimum wage increase, an increase in park usage, and aging infrastructure, we do anticipate higher costs than we experienced in 2020. Rising property values also impact the collection amount. You can use your property tax assessment to better estimate what this may mean for you and your family.

The District gets a large majority of its funding through this levy, park fees, and grants. Grants tend to fund larger expenses, such as the State and County grants used to purchase Leffler Field. Revenue generated by user fees, as well as the levy, help to fund park programs and maintenance expenses as previously mentioned.

Our Board of Commissioners would like to thank Manson residents for their continued support of your parks. They are proud to serve the community of Manson, and encourage you to make your voice heard by voting by April 27th. Any questions or comments can be directed to Robin Pittman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509-687-9635.

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Regular Board Meeting
April 8, 2021, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. March 11, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
i. Updates
ii. Approval for Engineering Services
b. Levy
c. District IT Support
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Newsletter
b. Approval for purchase of diesel tractor
c. Campground Host concessions
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: May 13, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

playground auction

Manson Parks is auctioning off the used playground from Singleton Park. The auction is an online event and will run for 1 week (ending 3/29/21 @ 3pm.)

Interested parties can visit www.galabids.com/mansonparksauction to register and bid.

All of the equipment can be seen online, or in person at Singleton Park.

Any questions can be directed to us at 509-687-9635, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please spread the word if you’re able!

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Regular Board Meeting
March 11, 2021, 4:15pm

Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. February 11, 2021 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
b. Levy
c. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. District IT support
VIII. Adjournment
Next regular meeting: April 8, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831 unless otherwise posted.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, February 11, 2021, 4:15pm

Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 14, 2021 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Resolutions 2021-01 and 2021-02 (Levy 2022-2024)
b. Resolution 2021-03 (Superseded Resolution 04-04)
c. Old Mill vehicle parking permits
d. Old Mill Commercial insurance requirements
e. Summer park security
f. Old Swim Hole
g. Poker Run park usage request
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting: March 11, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831 unless otherwise posted.

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In these chaotic times, it’s not difficult to see the bad in things. Here in our small community, it is also not difficult to see the good. Inspiring acts of kindness and generosity are happening all around us. The Singleton Park Playground Renovation Project in Manson is a perfect example, showing that the power of community is alive and well in the Lake Chelan Valley.

Several years ago, Manson Parks identified the need to replace the aging playground equipment at Singleton Park. In 2019, the project gained momentum, and in 2020, it went from a dream to a reality.

The new equipment was ordered in January of 2020, manufactured, and then delivered in April. Due to the heavy pandemic restrictions in place, installation of the equipment was delayed. In September, with a safety plan in place, a group of dedicated volunteers installed the equipment. If current COVID restrictions loosen, the new playground is scheduled to open in the spring of this year. For now, it remains closed as we await warmer weather so work can resume. The next steps of the project are adding several benches, signs, completing the concrete sidewalk, and adding safety surfacing.

The playground, even in its unfinished state, is a place of wonder! It exceeds all expectations and is exactly what our children deserve: a place where people of all abilities can play side-by-side. It is the first inclusive playground in our valley, and it truly couldn’t come at a better time.

Manson Parks would like to recognize and give thanks to following supporters, who truly believe in the importance of play and physical activity. A huge “Thank You!” goes out to our financial donors:

THE TOM & MEG NAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION, Burke Move With Us Grant, Manson Kiwanis, Lake Chelan Rotary, Mountain View Lodge, The Community Foundation of North Central Washington and Give NCW! Campaign supporters, Chelan-Douglas Developmental Disabilities Program, Wenatchee Valley Medical/ Confluence Health, Community Support Committee, Lake Chelan Community Service Council, Lake Chelan Lions Club, Chelan Walmart Lake Chelan Building Supply, Manson Red Apple Market, Cashmere Valley Bank, Karl and Cathy Blum, Sue and Roger Baker, Betty Bordner, Chelan Sand & Gravel, Chelan Concrete, Dave’s Apple Barrel, David & Cindy Sneesby, Green Dot Sub Shop, Viki Downey, and Felix & Krystin Guerra.

And to those who selflessly volunteered their time and energy:

BRIAN PATTERSON, Randy Doull, Don Christenson, Tom Tochterman, Ty Witt, Barry Leahey, Karen Pembroke, Kirk & Mary McGovern, Robert & Karen Takagi, Steve Clark, Roger & Sue Baker, Rick Auger, Adelina Grajeda, Alicia Alexander, Johnny Morfin, Nick Pittman, Harold & Sherry Pittman, Ben Riippi, Maria Zaragoza, Alaric Pratt, Sara Jones, Taylor Quigley, Travis Schoenwald, Bill Sharkey, Fred Barkley, Gregg Neff, Larry Lesmeister, Loa Servis, Honorina De Jesus, Evelyn De Jesus, Bill Jarr, Lester Cooper, Dale England, and Robert Campbell.

Manson Parks could not be more grateful to the people mentioned above. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for coming together to bring some good news to our valley in these unprecedented times. This valley is truly is unlike any other. It’s the people who make this place we call “home” so special. For those of you who have not been able to help with the project, we hope to see your smiling face at the playground once it opens. The laughter and memories soon to be created at Singleton Park are what this is all about. The magic doesn’t end here, it’s only just beginning!

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Regular Board Meeting
December 10, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. District Signature Form 2021
V. Approval of Minutes
a. November 12, 2020 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Approval of 2021 Budget
c. April Special Election Levy for 2022-2024
d. Old Mill commercial policy
VIII. New Business
a. Wapato Lake Campground policy
b. Manson Bay Marina policy
c. Old Mill parking permits for locals?
d. Winter newsletter approval
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting is January 14, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Regular Board Meeting
October 8, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. September 10, 2020 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Old Mill launch permit requirements for commercial contracts
VIII. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is November 12, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Regular Board Meeting
September 10, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 13, 2020 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Request for steps into Singleton Park from Vista Del Lago
b. Resolution 2020-08 (surplus of old Singleton Park playground equipment)
IX. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is October 8, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

manson parks logo

Regular Board Meeting
August 13, 2020, 4:15pm

Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Additions and deletions
III. Public comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
 a. July 09, 2020 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
 a. Review monthly financial report
 b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. New Business
 a. Director’s report
VII. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is September 10, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.