Parks leaders survey community desires

March 23, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

Residents will soon have an opportunity to tell officials what changes they want to see in city parks. Officials have planned two open houses to seek input. City Parks Planner Margaret Macleod said residents would also receive a survey as part of the effort to determine what residents want from the city Parks & Recreation Department.

A pair of open houses is set for April 14-15. Officials also want to hear feedback about the parks department’s performance.

Officials will pay $12,000 to a Bellevue company, Hebert Research, to design and conduct the parks survey. 

Using the information collected through the open houses and the survey, parks officials will recommend updates to the city’s plan for long-term growth. Under the state Growth Management Act, a parks plan is mandatory in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The act also requires the city to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan. Issaquah adopted such a plan in 1995.

The parks information will be submitted to the city Planning Department by June.

An update to the plan’s parks elements has not been conducted in several years, Macleod said. During the last update, residents said they wanted to have more trails within the city and connections to trail systems on Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains, Macleod said.

The parks department is also surveying several city parks and city-owned open spaces as part of the Open Space Stewardship Plan. When survey work is complete, property boundaries will be staked and posted as city property. Macleod said city officials want to improve management of open spaces and better control invasive plant species.

If you go

Parks & Recreation Department open houses

7-9 p.m. April 14

Tibbetts Creek Manor *

750 17th Ave. N.W. 

7-9 p.m. April 15

Eagle Room, City Hall

130 E. Sunset Way

* This report contains updated information.

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