Workshops offer additional opportunities for input
Parks & Recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 12:18 p.m.
SPOKANE – Spokane Parks & Recreation is creating a roadmap for the next 10 years, and is asking for additional community input through virtual workshops.
In addition to a recent survey, Parks & Recreation will learn more from community members about how they would like to see plan goals applied to locations throughout the city. This input is important before a draft Master Plan is created.
Two meetings will be focused on specific parks, and one meeting will look at park topics community-wide. For help determining the district you live in, visit the neighborhood map. All workshops will be virtual.
Minnehaha Park Workshop (Districts 1 & 2)
Tuesday, September 14
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Zoom meeting: https://bit.ly/PlanMinnehahaPark
The City of Spokane is developing a Concept Plan for the future of Minnehaha Park. Minnehaha Park has been in the Spokane community for decades, serving as a Community Park for Districts 1 and 2 and residents living in central and east Spokane. The park currently has a baseball/softball field, a playground, and steep terrain with a natural wooded area. Minnehaha is within close proximity to Beacon Hill and Esmeralda Golf Course. What could the future of Minnehaha Park look like?
Meadowglen Park Workshop (District 3)
Tuesday, September 14
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting: https://bit.ly/PlanMeadowglenPark
The City of Spokane is developing a Concept Plan for the future of Meadowglen Park. Meadowglen is an undeveloped community park site situated in northwest Spokane. The blank slate of this property presents a unique opportunity to dream big and get creative in imagining a new Spokane neighborhood park. The concept design process will test input that has been received as part of the survey, as well as respond to the specific park and natural land needs of District 3. Review a wide-range of potential ideas and opportunities, and share your wishes and desires for this space.
Wednesday, September 22
6 – 8 p.m.
Zoom meeting: https://bit.ly/SpokaneParksWorkshop
This workshop will bring all input together for a look at the park and natural land system across the City of Spokane. Review themes that emerged from focus groups, the survey, pop-up events and workshops, and share feedback around how those goals become part of a plan.
An update on the survey
An online and paper survey was completed by nearly 3,700 community members this summer in seven languages. The survey sought 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. Similar feedback was also gathered at focus groups and numerous pop-up events this summer across Spokane.
Analysis of the survey is being finalized, and will be available at the workshops.
Can't make the workshops?
For those not in attendance at the workshops, the presentations will be provided online a day or two after the community meeting, along with a survey providing many of the same questions as will be asked in person: www.SpokaneParksMasterPlan.org. Consultants at Design Workshop will facilitate the meetings.
About the Park & Natural Lands 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 learn more, visit www.SpokaneParksMasterPlan.org.
About City of Spokane Parks & Recreatio
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, 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.