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Posted on: March 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission Report to Council

RPAC’s mission is to promote recreation facilities and programs, encourage volunteer projects and participate in citywide special events. Each year, RPAC meets with the City Council to review its upcoming work plan.

Chair Linda Rogers introduced RPAC members in attendance including Vice Chair Dustin DeKoekkoek, NPIS Liaison Keith Edholm, and James Culver. James Ito and Amelia Anthony were unable to attend.

Some of the highlights of accomplishments by RPAC included reviewing and recommending the recreation and parks fee schedule and MTYAA in-kind service projects and participating in community events including spring and fall park cleanups, Tour de Terrace, National Night Out and the Tree Lighting Ceremony. RPAC members also worked on the Recreation, Parks and Open Space Master Plan that was adopted in 2015. The city also received 2014 and 2015 Playful City U.S.A. Designation.

Community outreach efforts included two major volunteer projects held in conjunction with Earth Day and United Way Day of Caring. The RPAC also worked with Eagle Scout candidates on park improvements for Bicentennial Park and Firefighters Memorial Park in 2015.

Rogers reviewed RPAC’s work plan for 2016, describing their efforts to continue community outreach with Ballinger Park, involvement with the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Subcommittee, working with volunteer organizations like the Garden Club, Premera Blue Cross Green Team, Eagle Scouts, MLT DOG, and community volunteers.

RPAC will be reviewing the fee schedule for 2017, and is now working on upcoming events including the Earth Day Cleanup on April 23 and Fall Cleanup September 17 in conjunction with the National Day of Service.

Also in 2016, RPAC is looking forward to exploring alternate funding sources for implementation of the Ballinger Park Master Plan and expanding communications and community outreach.

For more information, please call Ken Courtmanch, Parks and Facilities Superintendent, at (425) 776-1811.


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