City plans public hearing for parks and recreation comprehensive plan update

The City of Mercer Island is updating its parks and recreation comprehensive plan, which was last revised in 2007. The new plan will include six years of potential projects that anticipate the community’s needs, stretch limited public funds, and fulfill legal obligations. A draft of the plan is available on the City of Mercer Island website. The City is seeking input from the public through its website and at a public hearing scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2013 during the regular City Council meeting.

Mercer Island has very defined boundaries and virtually no remaining undeveloped land.  With limited opportunities to expand on existing parks and open spaces, emphasis in the future will be on maintaining current facilities and landscapes, as well as adapting facilities and programs to meet the changing needs of the City’s residents. The current planning effort is focused on the following tasks:

  1. Updating the 2007 plan’s demographic, historical, inventory and analysis data;
  2. Developing a more accurate picture of facilities’ lifecycles to gauge future repair and renovation needs;
  3. Conducting a survey of the trail infrastructure that Parks and Recreation now maintains;
  4. Adding a new sustainability component to the plan to enable City Council to implement the City’s Sustainability Policy.

A parks and recreation plan is a standard tool employed by municipalities across Washington as part of comprehensive planning, and the City has used one to guide park development since 1963.  It is also the first step toward accurate financial planning of capital projects. The plan does not replace the City’s normal budget process, but it does provide supplemental information to help City Council form future biennial budgets, and an approved plan makes the City eligible for grant and donation funding for capital projects.

For more information, contact Paul West at 206-275-7833 or


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