Citizen input is sought to shape King County Parks

August 12, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2011

King County Parks administrators need opinions from visitors about parks, trails and natural areas — and how to improve the 26,000-acre system.

The agency plans to conduct in-person surveys at parks and along trails throughout August and September, including Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park between Issaquah and Newcastle, Marymoor Park in Redmond and along the Soos Creek Trail in Kent.

“We want to hear directly from parks and trails users about their experiences at King County Parks’ facilities so that we can help plan and prioritize for the future,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in a statement. “Measuring customer satisfaction is consistent with King County’s strategic plan and provides us with important feedback.”

The schedule for in-person surveys is:

  • Aug. 17 at Marymoor Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 22 at Five Mile Lake Park, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 22 at the Marymoor Park concert venue, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sept. 8 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 8-10 a.m.
  • Sept. 10 along the Soos Creek Trail, 9-11 a.m.

The agency is also scheduling special workshops to gather input from younger park visitors. The survey teams already conducted a youth workshop at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center and surveyed visitors at Marymoor Park and Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation.

People interested in providing feedback online can do so starting Aug. 17 at the agency’s website.

Site Story, a local consultant specializing in community outreach, sustainability, and cultural and public open space planning is conducting the survey. The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Center for Civic Innovation.

King County Parks offers more than 200 parks and 175 miles of regional trails.

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