Spokane Parks asks for community input on park planning survey

Survey opened today; community feedback will shape next 10 years for City Parks

Media: Fianna Dickson, 625.6297. Parks & Recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 8:38 a.m.

SPOKANE – Spokane Parks & Recreation is creating a roadmap for the next 10 years, and wants to hear from the community through a survey that opened today. The survey will seek to find out what the community wants from their parks and natural lands, where they see gaps, and how their neighborhood parks can be improved.

The Survey

The survey is open to the public for one month, Tuesday, July 13 – Monday, August 9 at www.SpokaneParksMasterPlan.org.

The planning process seeks to be inclusive and engage the entire community, providing a variety of opportunities for people to share their desires and ideas. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Marshallese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian.  

The survey is open online for all, and available via mail to about 4,000 randomly-selected residents as part of a separate, statistically valid survey. Parks & Recreation has several volunteer ambassadors who will help with community outreach, hosting booths at community events over the next month where people can take the survey. A few workshops will also be held, starting this fall.

“Looking back, we invested in our aquatic centers in 2008, then Riverfront Park over the past few years; this master plan will tell us where to focus our energy and investment over the next 10 years,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation at the City of Spokane. “This gives us an opportunity to hear from our community what they want next. How can your neighborhood park be improved, what are the gaps, what do you want to see more of? We want the public to drive this plan, and we’d love to hear from everyone.”

The Park & Natural Lands Master Plan

Survey feedback will shape Parks & Recreation’s Master Plan. The plan will identify and address gaps in our park system, and guide development of park programming to enhance recreational offerings. The final plan document will guide the Parks & Recreation Division’s focus, direction, and spending over the next ten years.

It builds on the incredible foundation laid by the Olmstead Brothers and founding members of the Park Board, and the work done over the many years since. The plan takes a fresh look at our parks and natural lands, to ensure our urban playgrounds are suited to meet current and future needs of our community. The plan is also key to qualifying for many grants.

Though a Request for Proposals, Spokane Parks & Recreation hired Design Workshop to facilitate the master planning process and survey. Design Workshop is a design studio integrating landscape architecture, urban design, economics and engagement.

To take the survey and learn more, visit www.SpokaneParksMasterPlan.org.

Parks & Recreation Month in Spokane

At last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Nadine Woodward proclaimed July Parks & Recreation Month for the City of Spokane. The month is nationally recognized to honor the important role parks and recreation programs play in the lives of all community members.



About City of Spokane Parks and Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, natural lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, trails, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.