Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan

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Restarting the PROS Plan Process

After suspending work on the PROS Plan due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the "re-boot" of the 2021 PROS Plan is now underway.

Follow along below and with the provided materials on this page for background information, updates to the process, and opportunities to engage in this important plan to shape the future of our parks and programs.

Restarting the PROS Plan Process

After suspending work on the PROS Plan due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the "re-boot" of the 2021 PROS Plan is now underway.

Follow along below and with the provided materials on this page for background information, updates to the process, and opportunities to engage in this important plan to shape the future of our parks and programs.

  • Second Community Survey Results

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    The results are in! The PROS Plan project team is pleased to the share the results of the second PROS Plan community survey.

    Conducted between August 23 and September 17, 2021, the survey was mailed to a random sample of 2,500 households within the boundaries of the City of Mercer Island and available to all members of the public online. In total, 1,329 survey responses were recorded- a great turnout!

    Highlights from the survey include a high level of satisfaction with Parks & Recreation on Mercer Island, a strong interest in trails and open space, and a desire to upgrade and fully utilize our beaches and waterfront spaces.

    Check out the full report here, and join us at the October 14, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting to hear more.

  • Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting on PROS Plan

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    The Parks & Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting on October 14 at 5:30pm to focus on the next steps in the PROS Plan. The project team will present a summary of the results of the second PROS community survey, and we'll kick off discussion of the six-year Capital Improvement Plan, a crucial component of the Plan.

    Meeting materials are available here, including the link to join us on Zoom. We hope you'll follow along as this project approaches the finish line!

  • Second PROS Plan Virtual Open House - September 28!

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    The City of Mercer Island is hosting a second Virtual Open House to gather more input on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan.

    We heard from the last public meeting about the importance of taking care of and upgrading existing parks, including playgrounds and docks, and we want to explore these and other topics at our second PROS Plan public meeting. Also up for discussion are strategies to balance new park uses while also protecting important greenspace. This virtual public meeting will be on Tuesday, September 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Zoom. The meeting will begin with a presentation followed by a series of polling questions and a small group discussion.

    In order to organize breakout groups ahead of time to facilitate good discussion, folks may register for the meeting here.

    We hope to see you there!

    Update: Thank you for joining us at the second Virtual Open House! You can check out the presentation here. We'll include a summary of the meeting in the Document Library in the coming weeks.

  • Parks & Recreation Commission to Discuss Key PROS Plan Materials

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    At the September 9, 2021, Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, the Commission will continue work on the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan update. The discussion topics will include:

    • Reviewing and providing initial feedback on the draft of Chapter 4 - Goals & Objectives.
    • Receiving the draft Capital Facilities Plan with projects ranked according to the Project Prioritization Criteria and a discussion of next steps.
    • Reviewing and confirming the areas of focus for the September 28 Virtual Public Meeting.


    This is the initial look at the draft of Chapter 4 and the draft Capital Facilities Plan. We share both drafts with the understanding that they have been prepared prior to receiving the results of the second community survey and prior to hosting the second virtual public meeting (coming up on September 28). With support from the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Arts Council, and the Open Space Conservancy Trust, the staff will review outcomes of both public engagement opportunities and further refine the recommended goals and objectives and the CFP for consideration at a subsequent meeting.

    Please find the meeting agenda and materials here. We hope you’ll follow along. If you'd like to provide comments or feedback, you can do so on this page, or register to speak at any upcoming Commission meeting.

    UPDATE: The September 9, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting recording is here.

    Stay tuned for more details and registration access for the September 28 Virtual Public Meeting!

  • Please take the PROS Plan Community Survey!

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    The online, community-wide survey is now live- right here!

    Folks have been out enjoying parks all summer long, and as we head into back-to-school season, this is a great time to share your experiences and feedback for the future. See the article below (posted August 23) for more information on the background to the survey, an important piece to engaging our community.


    The community survey closes at 11:59 pm on September 17.

    Thank you for participating!

  • Second Community Survey launches this week!

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    We're pleased to announce the release of the second community survey for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan update. The first survey wrapped up just prior to the pandemic in early 2020. Given the time that has passed and all that has transpired in our community the past two years, the decision was made to run a second survey to inform the PROS Plan update. The second survey drills down a bit more than the first one with the goal of validating data from the first survey, gathering input on capital project priorities, further refining recreation program community needs, and exploring revenue and funding alternatives.

    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 this page this Wednesday, August 25. Check back then!

    Responses will be published on this Let’s Talk page in October and results will be compiled and included in the final draft plan presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission and the City Council.

  • July 1, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

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    At the July 1, 2021 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Commissioners reviewed and discussed the revised Capital Project Prioritization Tool and the questions for the second community survey. Both of these documents were revised and amended based on Commissioner feedback from the June 3rd meeting.

    The Parks and Recreation Commission will take a break from meeting in the month of August, and will meet again on September 2nd. PROS Plan next steps at that time will be to introduce goals and policies and to review a draft of the 10 to 20-year preliminary capital project list.

  • June 3, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

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    At the June 3, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, Commissioners received two draft documents essential to the next steps in the PROS Plan process. First, the project team presented the Draft Capital Project Prioritization Tool, which will provide criteria and a methodology for scoring and prioritizing capital projects for inclusion in the PROS Plan. Commissioners discussed the scoring approach, and gave feedback on which criteria may fit best for consideration of Mercer Island park projects.

    Next, the project team presented draft questions for a second community survey. The survey will garner input on capital project priorities, to further refine recreation program priorities, and to explore revenue and funding alternatives. Commissioners reviewed the proposed questions and gave feedback on the themes and structure of the survey. The project team will return with a revised version of the second community survey at the July Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting.

    Materials from this meeting, including these two documents, are available in the Document Library on this page.

  • May 6, 2021 - Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

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    On May 6, 2021, the Parks & Recreation Commission will resume work on the update to the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan. The discussion topics will include:

    • Brief report out on the March 23, 2021 Virtual Open House.
    • Introduction to the parks condition assessment materials and review of initial consultant findings.
    • Introduction to ADA compliance and review of related initial consultant findings.
    • General discussion and Q&A on parks infrastructure.

    The agenda and materials for the meeting are available here. We invite you to join the meeting through the Zoom login details located in the agenda.

  • Virtual Open House Recap

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    The first Virtual Open House was held on March 23, 2021 using the Zoom platform. The virtual public meeting provided an opportunity to share information about the PROS Plan update and gather feedback from community members to help inform further development of the Plan. A summary of the Virtual Open House is available here and a video recording of the meeting and breakout rooms can be found here. Over 70 community members participated - thank you to those who attended for lending your time and ideas to this project!

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