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Park & Rec - Regular
Meeting Date: 02/11/2019  
Subject:    Park, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Planning
From: Ryan Gunderson

At the January meeting the Commission determined a work plan for 2019.  The plan includes a focus on updating the Parks, Trails and Open Space plan from 2012.  In addition the Commission desires to expand components in the plan on recreation which aligns with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. 

In 2018 the Parks & Recreation Commission held a planning session as part of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update process. The Commission did an exercise to prioritize guiding principles for Parks, Trails, Open Space, and Recreation. The plan provides direction and policies to preserve open space, maintain existing parks, and augment the City's park and open space system.

The four goals from the 2040 Comprehensive plan are:

Goal #1: Park Functions
Establish, maintain, and promote parks and preserved natural areas for recreational uses that provide visual and physical diversions from the developed residential, commercial, and industrial environment, and as a means to maintain the character, ambiance, appearance, and history of the community.

Goal #2: Natural Resources
Preservation and conservation of ecological systems and natural resources within the City.

Goal #3: Trails
An interconnected trail and sidewalk system for transportation and recreation purposes and as a means to tie divergent parks and open space with the broader community.

Goal #4: Programs

Opportunity for all community residents to participate in recreation activities and programs through effective, accessible, and inclusive recreation programs.

Staff asks the Commission to brainstorm and prioritize projects and ideas to move forward for feedback from Council to help guide the 2020 budget process and Parks, Trails, & Open Space plan update. 

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