Future Lynnwood Recreation Guides may include paid advertisements

At its Monday meeting, the Lynnwood City Council approved a new contract with Philips Publishing Group of Seattle for the production of the city’s quarterly Recreation Guide.

The contract allows advertisements with certain exclusions to be sold and published in the recreation guide as a way to offset production costs. Every ad must be authorized and approved by the city prior to publication. Advertisements are not to exceed 50 percent of each edition.

Advertisements for the following products/services are not allowed: alcohol; adult beverages including energy drinks; sex trade, sexually explicit or sexually-oriented products/services; tobacco, marijuana, pharmaceuticals, or drug-related paraphernalia; casinos or gambling-related products/services; and direct competitive businesses.

The 28-page publication has been direct mailed to 57,000 households with 3,000 office copies the last three years. It’s expected the publication will be 48-56 pages.

In prior years, the City Council approved the printing and mailing contract for the recreation guide separate from graphic design and did not include advertising sales.

The contract is for three years with up to five one-year extensions.


  1. I don’t want to see all the ads. Plus Lynnwood used to be published with Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace who I believe don’t have ads.

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