Seattle Parks and Recreation
Parks Legacy Plan
Susan Golub: (206) 684-7046
Susanne Rockwell: (206) 733-9702
We are revising the Parks Legacy Plan with the goal of an early 2014 release date.
Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Please visit the committee's page for more information.
The Citizen's Advisory Committee, building off the Legacy Plan, has worked diligently since June to create a funding package that addresses the park and recreation needs of all people in Seattle.
The Committee is:
- Looking at different funding options, including the potential use of a metropolitan parks district or property tax levy
- Examining how we allocate these funds and seeking a balance among keeping facilities open, maintentance, and aquisition of new land and development of new facilities.
The Committee’s goal will be to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on a parks funding ballot measure that would go the public for a vote in August 2014.
What is the Parks Legacy Plan?
Seattle Parks and Recreation is embarking on a planning process to develop a strategic direction for the future. Questions to be addressed include:
- Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner?
- What is the public view of our park system?
- What are the basic services Parks provides?
The first phase of the plan is the development of shared Vision, Mission and Values statements.
The second phase of the plan is a programmatic review, telling the story of Parks and Recreation:
- What we do
- Who we serve
- How we are funded
An analysis on national, regional and local recreation trends has been completed, along with a citywide survey which gathered information on how our park system is used, frequency of use and park users’ concerns.
Phase three will be a look to the future that provides a framework for a sustainable parks and recreation system.
In 2009, Parks and Recreation concluded a strategic planning process with the publication of the Strategic Action Plan, a five-year ‘to do’ list which provided direction for stewardship of the park system. Many of the Strategic Action Plan tasks have been accomplished, while others have been delayed due to the economic recession. Five working teams continue to work on implementation. The Parks Legacy Plan will be an update of the 2009 Plan, with a focus on data collection and analysis. The 2009 plan is available here.
Funding for the project comes from Parks’ operating budget.
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December 6, 2013