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Everett is updating its 2016 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide its park system to meet community needs. The PROS Plan is a locally-prepared plan that will contain Everett’s vision, goals, service objectives, and a program for both park capital investment and park system operation. Every six years, the PROS Plan is updated to meet Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) guidelines so Everett can be eligible for grant funding.
The PROS Plan will also create a capital plan with revenues and costs that can fold into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and budget, as well as support a parks impact fee so that as the City grows, the park system can be improved and sustained.
The project will be developed over 2021 with adoption by March 1, 2022 to meet RCO requirements.
At each stage we will seek public engagement through surveys, interviews, meetings, outdoor pop-up activities and walk shops, online open houses and more.
Everett manages about 780 acres of property. This includes: more than 50 parks and green spaces throughout the city, golf courses, playgrounds, boat launches, sports courts and ball fields, contracted sports leagues, facility rentals, a community garden, ranger services and volunteer opportunities. Explore Everett parks and create your own adventure!
Everett’s focus is on providing and maintaining parks and recreation facilities for community enjoyment. Everett now contracts with recreation entities to bring programming to the community. For more information on the change in recreation resources see this page.
Other park and recreation providers in Everett include Snohomish County and the Port of Everett. School Districts also have assets that may be available after school hours. The PROS Plan Update will address the full range of park assets available in Everett from City and non-city providers. Understanding Everett’s niche and gaps in parks and recreation resources can help the City effectively focus its limited resources.
The City’s 2016 PROS Plan will be updated to reflect new community needs. The PROS Plan Update will also build on City directives and plans including, but not limited to:
The PROS Plan is intended to help the City develop a vision and guiding principles, and achieve:
Take our vision survey surveymonkey.com/r/EverettParksViz to share your ideas! Help us rethink community wellbeing and create a sustainable and inclusive park system.
When you take the survey, sign up to be on our contact list for future opportunities to share your ideas at meetings, online surveys and community events.
Share the news about the PROS update with your neighbors. Your ideas can shape the vision for Everett parks, community wellbeing, and equitable investments.
Check to the project webpage to see future opportunities to share your ideas to make this a great plan: everettwa.gov/PROSplan
For more information, contact Cory Rettenmier, Recreation and Golf Manager, Everett Parks and Facilities via email CRettenmier@everettwa.gov or telephone 425-257-7314.