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PUBLIC PARKS WORKSHOP!

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PUBLIC PARKS WORKSHOP!

Time: June 20, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-Purpose Room,
Street: 2214 Electric Ave.
City/Town: Bellingham
Event Type: meeting
Latest Activity: Jun 21, 2013

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Event Description

I am interested in establishing a positive working relationship with the city for the effort of food security initiatives - especially community gardens.

The public is invited to help shape the update of the Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PRO Plan), a six-year plan that analyzes the supply and demand for park and recreation services and facilities within Bellingham city limits and the urban growth area.  The workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-Purpose Room, 2214 Electric Ave. It is an opportunity to provide
input on priorities for parks and recreation in the coming years.  In order to remain eligible for certain state grants, the City must update the PRO Plan every six years. It also becomes part of the City's Comprehensive Plan. The last PRO Plan update was
completed in 2008. The Parks and Recreation Department is beginning the process now in
order to have time for adequate public input, including review and public hearings by
the Planning Commission and City Council in time for completion in 2014.  The workshop
is the first of several opportunities for public input on the plan. In addition, there will be public opinion surveys and public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. The process is being overseen with input from the Parks and Recreation
Advisory Board.
  Leslie Bryson, Design and Development Manager
  Parks and Recreation Department, 360-778-7000 or lbryson@cob.org

Comment Wall

Comment by Joy Patterson on June 21, 2013 at 1:42pm

Regarding the Parks and Rec citizen board: I agree that gardens and edible landscapes do need a voice! TW needs someone who can attend the 7 - 9 AM meetings http://www.cob.org/government/public/boards-commissions/parks/index...

 I hope that we can all attend and spread the word to our Neighborhood Associations about tomorrow's York Neighborhood Farm Solstice Celebration!
Comment by warren miller on June 21, 2013 at 10:22am

Margo and I attended this meeting. It was a workshop to collect public input for the new PRO Plan. Probably around 50-60 attended. Most represented specific recreational uses (disc golf, swimming, biking, hiking, pickle ball, etc.) The meeting broke up into 3 groups with each group listing things they would like to add to the plan (under the 4 topics of parks and facilities, open space/natural features, trails and programs). Each group reported back their suggestions and then all members were able to place 4 stars among the topics they thought were most important (as a way to prioritize).

In reading over the previous plan I noticed that the word 'garden' didn't appear at all! Seems like gardening is not (yet) a recognized recreational activity. We need to change that!

Margo and I put all our stars on gardening related topics but the most heavily 'starred' topics were baseball, disc golf and swimming pools...

If we want to get 'garden' and 'food forests' included in this plan we will need to mobilize members to come to the next meeting or fill-out the online forms to show more gardening interest.

Anyone want to help organize this 'get out the vote' effort for gardening?

Comment by Margo Terrill on June 19, 2013 at 3:07pm

I'll be there.

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