Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan
What is it?
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. This Plan is updated every 6 years; the last Plan was adopted in 2012.
Who Is Facilitating The Process?
The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Service Department (PaRCS) has selected Beckwith Consulting Group to work with the community and the PaRCS department to collect information, feedback, and document results.
• The culmination of this process and its’ recommendations will be presented to the City of Burien Council by the Beckwith Consulting Group and the PaRCS Department.
Why Are We Doing This?
This is an excellent opportunity for community members to actively participate in planning and shaping the future of Burien’s parks, recreation programs and facilities. The results of these efforts will:
• Allow city staff and City Council to hear from Burien residents as they communicate their needs and desires in regards to our park, recreation and cultural services and facilities.What Information Will Be Sought?
• Enable the City to meet the requirements for park and recreation plans as set by the State of Washington Recreation & Conservation Office (RCO).
• Provide eligibility for a variety of state and federal grants, for the purpose of acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities.
• Fulfill the Growth Management Act planning requirements for Comprehensive Plan Elements as outlined by the Washington State Department of Commerce.
In partnership, the community and Beckwith Consulting Group will work with PaRCS to:
• Identify existing conditions and inventory of our parks and facilities, as well as our current service levels for parks and recreation.
• Identify public expectations, priorities, and goals.
• Explore partnerships, solutions, and funding opportunities.
• Create an Implementation Plan for the Park and Recreation Advisory Board to review and consider for Council adoption.
• Prepare recommendations by the Park Board for City of Burien Council adoption.
When Will This Begin?
The process will begin immediately for completion by January 2018.
• Three public Workshops / Open House events are currently scheduled for the public to actively participate in shaping Burien parks, recreational programs, buildings and facilities.
Workshops 6:30-8:00pm various locations below
Workshop #1: (6/14 (Wednesday) Burien Community Center / Seahurst Room)
Workshop #2 (7/18 (Tuesday) Burien Community Center / Seahurst Room)
Workshop #3 (8/16 Highline United Methodist Church, Burien)
Focus Groups to meet with community groups throughout Burien
Youth Survey – released online and through the Highline School District, for youth participation
• Multiple surveys reaching out to those who are unable to attend a workshop or meeting. These surveys will be available on the website, at the workshops and meetings, and at PaRCS special events during the summer.
City Wide Survey – comprehensive survey released online mid-June with a follow-up later in the planning process, for resident and family participation. Please check back to complete the survey.
Focus Surveys – short easy to complete survey, distributed by volunteers as available, for community participation
Strawberry Festival – June 17, 18
Farmers Market – Thursdays
Music in the Park - Thursdays Lake Burien School Memorial Park
July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17
Theatre in the Park - Saturdays - Various locations
July 22 Dottie Harper Park
July 29 New Start High School Garden
Shakespeare in the Park - Saturdays - Lake Burien School Memorial Park
July 19, August 5
Neighborhood Celebrations – Wednesdays – Various locations
July 19 - Southern Heights Elementary
July 26 - New Start High School
August 2 - Manhattan School Playground Park
August 9 - Seahurst Beach Park