Burien Parks Wants Your Input At Public Planning Workshop Wed. July 27th
The public is invited to a workshop to kick-off and brainstorm planning elements for the City’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan on Wednesday, July 27, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Ave SW in Burien.
The City of Burien is in the process of updating its PROS Plan to be in compliance with requirements of the state Growth Management Act and to ensure that Burien remains eligible for a variety of grant opportunities. Representatives from all Burien neighborhoods – north, south, east and west – are encouraged to attend to provide input on the city’s park and recreational needs.
“Your HELP is needed!” reads a note from the city. “Residents from all Burien neighborhoods – north, south, east and west – are encouraged to attend to help us identify what residents like about the city’s parks and recreational facilities, and to tell us what they think the City should focus on for the future.”
The purpose of the City’s PROS Plan is to guide the planning, acquisition and development of park lands, and support the implementation of Burien’s cultural and recreational programming.
The next opportunities for public involvement in the planning process will be at the following meetings:
- Wednesday, July 27: Public Planning Workshop, 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 29: Public Open House, 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 27: Public Open House, 7:00 p.m.
All the meetings are held at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Ave SW.
Here’s more info from the city’s website:
What is a Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan?
A Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan is also sometimes called simply the PROS Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to provide guidance to the City in its management and development of park properties and recreation programs for the next six years. The last Plan was adopted in 2006 (see 2006 PROS Plan) and needs to be done again.
The Plan enables the City to meet the requirements for park and recreation plans as set by the State of Washington Recreation & Conservation Office. Having a Plan that meets those requirements enables the city to be eligible for a variety of state and federal grants for acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities. The State requires that the Plan be done every 6 years. The document must also fulfill Growth Management Act planning requirements for Comprehensive Plan Elements as outlined by the Washington State Department of Commerce (RCW 36.70A). Finally, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is developed based on existing conditions and proposed improvements for the various facilities and programs recommended. To prepare the plan, a public involvement process is used to gather opinion of needs and requirements from community members.