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 2022 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 2022 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.

  • PROS Plan SEPA Notice

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    On January 24, 2022, a notice was issued for a non-project State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review of the 2022 PROS Plan. The SEPA process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, and plans. As the PROS Plan itself does not require permitting or construction, it is categorized under "non-project" review, and will garner feedback and guidance on how the overall plan and potential projects may affect the environment.

    SEPA review includes a 30-day public comment period which will conclude on February 23, 2022.

  • PROS Plan Hand-Off to the City Council

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    At the January 18, 2022 City Council Meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission officially presented the Final Draft of the 2022 PROS Plan to the City Council. Commissioners shared their experience in developing the Plan thus far, and answered questions from Councilmembers on specific elements of the Plan.

    Mayor Nice stated the following after the Commission's presentation: "The City Council greatly appreciates the work of the Parks and Recreation Commission over the past 27 months. With numerous meetings, public engagement by survey and open house, and countless hours of studying and learning about the elements of a PROS plan, you have contributed to a forward looking and comprehensive guide for Mercer Island’s parks, opens spaces and recreation services. As a token of our thanks, commission members will receive a certificate of appreciation and a small gift for your excellent work on this topic."

    Councilmembers and the project team will discuss the PROS Plan again at the February 15 City Council meeting. This public hearing will include a more detailed discussion of the Capital Improvement Plan and projects list, as well as implementation strategies and future work stemming from the Plan.

    January 18, 2022 meeting materials can be found here.

  • 2022 PROS Plan Final Draft Approved by Parks & Recreation Commission

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    At their January 6, 2022 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Final Draft of the 2022 PROS Plan. The Plan will be presented to the City Council on January 18 for discussion with the Commission, and the Council's review will begin.

    Please find the Final Draft here. The Plan's accompanying appendices can be found here. The Capital Improvement Plan materials can be found here. All materials are also located in the Document Library to the right of this page, under 2022 PROS Plan Final Draft.

    This is an exciting step toward the culmination of this project and the adoption of the Plan!

  • 2022 PROS Plan Final Draft

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    The Final Draft of the 2022 PROS Plan is now available for review!

    At the December 9, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, Commissioners and representatives from the Arts Council and Open Space Conservancy Trust Board discussed revisions to the Preliminary Draft of the Plan. That feedback was incorporated into the Final Draft. Other changes made between the Preliminary Draft and the publishing of the Final Draft are all non-substantive and include minor grammatical edits, page number corrections, formatting, photos exchanged for clarity or design, and additional context included for certain graphs or visuals.

    The Commission will meet on Thursday, January 6, 2022 to review the Final Draft and finalize the conveyance memo that will accompany the Plan when presented to City Council. This hand-off to the Council will occur at a joint meeting with the Commission on January 18.

    Check out the PROS Plan Final Draft and the other materials for the upcoming Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, and join us on Zoom on January 6th!


  • Final Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting of 2021

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    The Parks & Recreation Commission will meet on Thursday, December 9 at 5:30pm. Agenda topics include final revisions to the Preliminary Draft of the 2022 PROS Plan before it heads to City Council, potential adoption of the Recreation Division's Facility Use & Allocation Policy, and a department report. Agenda materials and instructions to join the meeting are available here.

  • Full Preliminary Draft Released

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    The PROS Plan Preliminary Draft is complete! The full draft is available here.

    The Parks & Recreation Commission will meet on Thursday, December 9 to discuss final edits in preparation to hand-off to the City Council in January. Councilmembers will then review the draft and discuss changes to be ready for adoption in March. We're excited to share this milestone in the progress of the PROS Plan project!

  • PROS Plan - Final Steps to Completion

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    PROS Plan – Final Steps to Completion

    We’re almost there! As we look toward the end of 2021, the completion of the PROS Plan project is taking shape. Here are the next and final steps in the process:

    • December 2, 2021: Parks Commission Meeting for full Plan review and to review the draft hand-off memo to the City Council
    • January 6, 2022: Parks Commission Meeting for final Plan review and to finalize hand-off memo
    • January 18, 2022: Hand-off to City Council
    • February 2022: City Council Review/Discussion
    • March 2022: PROS Plan Adoption


    Keep following along here as we begin to wrap up this exciting project!

  • PROS Plan Capital Improvement Plan - Updated Presentation

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    At the November 4 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, the PROS Plan project team presented an overview of the of the proposed 2023-2028 Parks Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). In the days following the meeting, staff updated the presentation to include a handful of minor corrections, updated images, and additional context on the PROS Plan.

    We’re sharing this updated version of the presentation to provide information on the many projects identified in the proposed 2023-2028 Parks CIP. View the presentation here and the accompanying spreadsheets here.

    The Parks and Recreation Commission will continue their review of the PROS Plan and is anticipating handing off a recommendation to the City Council in January 2022. As the project nears the finish, we welcome your continued feedback and suggestions!

  • PROS Plan CIP at November Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

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    At the November 4, 2021 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, Commissioners and the PROS Plan project team finalized amendments to the draft Goals & Objectives chapter, and discussed the draft Capital Improvement Plan for the years 2023-2028.

    Agenda materials can be found here. Presented materials from the meeting are located in the document library on the right side of this page, and the video is here.

    We're in the home stretch!

  • 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.

Page last updated: 25 January 2022, 07:33