Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan

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Pausing the PROS Plan Process

Community input and engagement are critical to the success of the 2020 PROS Plan. Due to the ongoing impacts of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to fully involve the community so have decided to postpone the planning process. We will share updates periodically on Let’s Talk, so check back to learn more about when and how to reengage in the planning process.

Pausing the PROS Plan Process

Community input and engagement are critical to the success of the 2020 PROS Plan. Due to the ongoing impacts of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to fully involve the community so have decided to postpone the planning process. We will share updates periodically on Let’s Talk, so check back to learn more about when and how to reengage in the planning process.

  • PROS Plan on Hold

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    03 Apr 2020

    We hope that during this time you and your family are safe and well. As you may be aware the City is operating under a state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 response. Our priority is to operate “Essential Services” – services that maintain safety, health, and well-being of the general populace.

    With that said, the City of Mercer Island is suspending the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan until we can conduct regular business as a city again.

    Our Assessment:

    1. Public meetings are essential to this plan. Not being able to meet significantly impacts our ability to engage the community and to receive feedback for what we have been emphasizing as a community process.
    2. Staff has been reassigned to emergency response roles such as coordinating city-wide logistics, communications, call center staffing, finance and small business support.
    3. Budget - this emergency has significantly impacted our finances, and we are suspending non-essential contract work and trying to push out expenditures.
    4. Timing - completing the PROS Plan in 2021 will be sufficient to qualify for the State grants we need for future projects.

    This decision did not come lightly, and we want to ensure when the time comes, we are able to put forward the best product possible. We look forward to engaging with everyone when the time is right. In the meantime, we will continue to accept and respond to public comments on Let’s Talk.

    Stay healthy and well!

    Your Parks and Recreation Team

  • We want to hear from YOU! Complete the PROS Plan Survey today.

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    12 Feb 2020
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    Complete the PROS Plan Survey online today.

    Last week we shared that we are conducting a PROS Plan survey to assess the community’s recreation and facilitation needs. If you received a paper survey in the mail last week, help us out by completing it today!


    Didn’t receive a paper version? Take the survey online here:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQW2YT3


    The online survey closes at 11:59 pm on March 9, so submit your responses soon!

    And, to learn more about the need for both a paper survey and an online survey, read our post from last week: https://letstalk.mercergov.org/miprosplan/news_feed/community-survey


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  • Participate in the first step of the planning process by taking the community survey.

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    05 Feb 2020
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    As an initial step in the PROS Plan process, we are conducting a survey to assess the community’s recreation and facilitation needs.

    How do I take the survey?

    Because we want to be both statistically valid and inclusive, we are conducting a mail and an online survey. 2,500 randomly mailed surveys will hit mailboxes this week. If you receive a paper survey in the mail, please fill it out! Your mailed copy also provides two ways to take the survey digitally: use your unique ID number on the survey to access it online or scan the QR code to take it on your smart device.

    If you do not receive a paper version, you can still complete the survey online! The identical, community-wide survey will be available to all residents here on Let’s Talk on Wednesday, February 12. Look for a news update with the link next Wednesday!

    The survey closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 9.

    When can I learn the survey results?

    Survey results will be presented to the public at our first community event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 am-2 pm, at the Commons at Islander Middle School. More details about this and other community events are coming soon to Let’s Talk.

    We value your input in this important first step of the PROS Plan process. Thank you for participating!

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  • 5 FAQs about the PROS Plan

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    18 Oct 2019
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    We’re beginning a community-driven process to update our citywide Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan (PROS Plan). With your participation, this Plan will help guide the City in providing parks and recreation services in our community. We’re calling on all our Parks & Recreation Pros in the community to help with this effort!

    You might be wondering, “What is a PROS Plan, and why do we need it?”

    Here are answers to 5 frequently asked questions about the PROS Plan.

    1. What is a PROS Plan?

    P.R.O.S. stands for Parks, Recreation, and Open Space. This six-year plan guides the programming and capital projects required to meet the community’s needs for parks, recreation, and open space, as well as trails, arts, and cultural events.

    2. Why do we need a PROS Plan?

    A PROS Plan is required to maintain the city’s eligibility for grant funding through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and keeps us competitive for other grant programs. From 2014-2019, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation was awarded $673,000 in RCO funding alone! The PROS Plan also assesses our current facilities and helps us prioritize needs for capital reinvestment and new facilities.

    3. Who leads the PROS Plan?

    The City’s new Parks and Recreation Commission will guide the process with support from City staff. We also need you, our Parks & Recreation Pros to participate! All ages, activity levels and lifestyles can participate– everyone’s voice counts. If you participate with other organizations other than Parks & Recreation for your favorite activities, we still want to hear from you and how our services may benefit you.

    4. How can you participate in the PROS Plan?

    Lend your expertise as a Parks & Recreation Pro throughout the process! A community wide online survey will be available soon right here on Let's Talk. More opportunities to share input will come in 2020 and include stakeholder discussions, family friendly outreach events, and more.

    5. What is the timeline for the PROS plan?

    The bulk of the planning process will take place next year, and we are tentatively targeting the end of 2020 for final Plan review and adoption. Stay tuned to Let’s Talk for key dates and to learn more about how you can participate.

  • 2014 - 2019 Parks & Recreation Plan

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    18 Oct 2019
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    Interested in learning more about the current 2014 - 2019 Parks & Recreation Plan?

    View the 2014 - 2019 Parks & Recreation Plan here!