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The 2012 City of Burien 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. This Plan is updated every 6 years; the last Plan was adopted in 2012 and previously in 2006.

A PROS Plan enables a City to meet the requirements set by the State of Washington Recreation & Conservation Office. Having a Plan makes a city eligible for state and federal grants for acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities. A PROS Plan also fulfills Growth Management Act planning requirements as outlined by the Washington State Department of Commerce (RCW 36.70A). Finally, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is developed based as part of the PROS Plan. It examines existing conditions and outlines needed improvements to the various facilities. To prepare a PROS Plan, an extensive public involvement process is used to gather input from community members. That most recent public process is outlined below.

On February 27, 2012, the Burien City Council approved Resolution 328 adopting the 2012 PROS Plan. Tthe various sections of the final document are available for download below:



PROS PLAN UPDATE PROCESS (September 2011 - February 2012):

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UPDATE (2/28/12):
City Council approves Resolution 328 approving Final Draft of PROS Plan
On February 27, 2012, the Burien City Council reviewed the final draft of the PROS Plan and passed a Motion to Approve a Resolution 328 adopting the 2012 PROS Plan. NOTE: Numerous edits and updates were made to prior drafts, and the various sections of the current final document are available for download above.

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UPDATE (2/17/12):
City Council to consider Resolution approving Final Draft of PROS Plan on February 27, 2012

On November 30, the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed the final draft of the PROS Plan and recommended the Plan draft to the Council for adoption. The City Council reviewed the Plan draft at its January 23, 2012, February 6, 2012 and February 13, 2012 meetings. The Council will consider a Motion to Approve a Resolution adopting the 2012 PROS Plan at its February 27th meeting. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (2/13/12):
City Council to approve Final Draft of PROS Plan draft on February 13, 2012

On November 30, the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed the final draft of the PROS Plan and recommended the Plan draft to the Council for adoption. The City Council reviewed the Plan draft at its January 23, 2012 and February 6, 2012 meetings. The Council will adopt a motion approving the PROS Plan at its February 13th meeting. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (2/1/12):
City Council to review Final Draft of PROS Plan draft on February 6, 2012

On November 30, the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed the final draft of the PROS Plan and recommended the Plan draft to the Council for adoption. The City Council reviewed the Plan draft at its January 23, 2012 meeting. The Council will consider a motion to adopt the PROS Plan at its February 6th meeting. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (12/09/11):
Parks Board recommends adoption of final PROS Plan draft to City Council 

On November 30, the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed the final draft of the PROS Plan. It has recommended the Plan draft to the Council for its consideration and adoption by the Council. The City Council will review the Plan draft at its January 23, 2012 meeting. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (11/29/11)
Parks Department Advisory Board set to review final draft of PROS Plan on Wednesday, Nov. 30

The Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will review the final preliminary draft of the PROS Plan on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00pm at the Burien Community Center. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (11/15/11):
Open House and Meeting to review Draft elements of PROS Plan set for Thursday, Nov. 17

The Burien Parks Department will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 17 to review draft chapters and plans that have been developed as a result of need analysis and input from the public. This meeting will cover the following:
  1. Brief review of plan elements and park site plans finalized from results of charrette and public Open House,
  2. Review proposed 20-year Level of Service (i.e. possible park projects) by activity and site,
  3. Review of preliminary results of plan evaluation surveys received to date and implications,
  4. Review of possible 6-year capital facility projects based on preliminary survey results.

Documents to be reviewed (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.):
    Appendix D - (Draft), which includes:
  1. Existing/proposed level-of-service standards 
  2. Existing level-of-service for city facilities
  3. Proposed level-of-service additions
  4. Proposed level-of-service additions - by park site

This meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 17 at the Burien Community Center.

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UPDATE (10/21/11):
New PROS Plan Graphics & Maps now available

The draft maps and plans which will be part of the PROS Plan have now been updated with several corrections and incorporate input from the recent Open House. (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (10/18/11):
Survey soon to be distributed to Random Sample of Registered Voters

Some residents may be receiving a call from a survey firm asking if they would be willing to participate in a PROS Plan survey. If the resident agrees to participate, the survey will be sent electronically to their email address and they can complete the survey online. If the resident prefers however, a paper copy will be sent to their home address. The call is a legitimate call and if you are selected as part of our randow sample, we encourage you to participate and complete the survey. Thank you.

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UPDATE (10/3/11):
PROS Plan draft chapters based on public feedback at Open House

At the Open House on Sept. 29, the public reviewed plan graphics for one of the chapters in the draft PROS Plan. The graphics represent inventory of existing parks and recreation facilities and recommendations for potential changes or additions to the system. Staff and consultants took questions and feedback from the public. Following the meeting, the plans and graphics were updated with several changes and corrections; this revised document is viewable HERE (9 mb download). (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (9/28/11):
Open House to review draft plan chapter for PROS PLAN

At the Open House on Sept. 29, the public will have an opportunity to review plan graphics for one of the chapters in the draft PROS Plan. These graphics represent inventory of existing parks and recreation facilities and recommendations for potential changes or additions to the system. Staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and hear feedback from members of the public. These plans are viewable HERE (7 mb download). (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.)

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UPDATE (9/19/2011):
Public Planning Open House on Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to an Open House to review planning progress on the City's Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan on Thursday, September 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Avenue SW in Burien. The Open House is not a meeting format, but an informal opportunity to review planning boards, and to ask questions of staff and consultants.

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UPDATE (7/25/2011):
Survey Results Now Available

You may have participated in one of our surveys earlier this year. Nearly 600 people took part. If you were one of them, Thank You!

Here are the results of those surveys (Note: Previous links here to earlier drafts have been deleted. The current final document is linked above; see 2/28/12 update.):

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UPDATE (7/19/2011):
July 27 WorkshopPublic Planning Workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.

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, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Avenue 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. 

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.

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UPDATE (7/1/2011):

The next opportunities for public involvement in the planning process will be at the following meetings:
    • Public Planning Workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.
    • Public Open House on Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.
    • Public Open House on Thursday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.

All the meetings are held at the Burien Community Center.

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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.


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