Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting - July 7, 2022

Mercer Island's Parks & Recreation Commission is scheduled to discuss the Bike Skills Area at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm.

At the July 7, 2022, meeting the Commission will continue their conversation from the April 26 and June 2 Parks and Recreation Commission meetings regarding a long-term location for the Bike Skills Area.

Recent Discussion

On April 26, 2022, the Parks and Recreation Commission held a Special Meeting to review the final Bike Skills Area Report and discuss staff recommendations and next steps. The Commission voted (4-0-1) to support Short-Term Option 2 (referenced in staff report) which would temporarily reopen the existing Bike Skills Area in Upper Luther Burbank Park in a limited fashion (e.g., a more simplified design), predicated on the City finding an alternative, long-term location that could be brought online within 2-3 years.

During the regular meeting on June 2, staff presented the BSA Site Matrix and solicited feedback from the Commission on the analysis. Following the discussion, the Commission voted (3-1-1) to create a Bike Skills Area Subcommittee to meet, identify and evaluate a preferred long-term location. The Subcommittee, comprised of Chair McCarthy, Vice-Chair Struck, and Commissioner Burstein, were also asked to obtain input from impacted user groups and report back to the full Commission.

July 7 Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting

At their upcoming July 7 meeting, the Commission will review and provide feedback on the Bike Skills Area Subcommittee Report and Bike Skills Area Subcommittee Site Scoring Matrix, and if so, desired provide additional recommendations for staff to bring forward to the City Council. Packet materials for the Bike Skills Area discussion are available via this link.

If you wish to speak during the Appearances portion of the July 7 Parks & Recreation Committee meeting, you must register your request with the staff liaison at 206.275.7870 or email and leave a message before 4 PM on the day of the Commission meeting. Please reference "Appearances" on your correspondence. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

Instructions for joining the meeting can be found on the City's website.

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This project has concluded. Please see the New Bike Skills Area at Deane's Children's Park project page for the latest project information and to leave feedback on the proposed Bike Skills Area at Deane’s Children’s Park.

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