Vision

A Vision Statement focuses on tomorrow and describes how the Parks & Facilities Department will manage the parks system.

Our VISION: We are committed to providing a modern and inviting park and facility system that is well-managed and that embraces innovation, partnership, sustainability, adaptability, and equity in meeting the needs of the Everett community.

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* 1. Everett wants to hear your thoughts on our vision statement and the actions we take to realize this vision. Write your comments on the vision statement in the space below.

Vision Theme

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* 2. Based on spring 2021 surveys and events we heard from around 700 people about what was important to them and saw several themes. What themes about the Everett park system most resonates with you? (Choose 3)

Strategies

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Gap Areas with Letters

Gap Areas with Letters

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* 5. Where are opportunities for park expansions or new parks? What are the most important gap areas to fill? Review the map with “lettered” gaps. (Please select your most important choices for filling gaps in parks; choose up to five)

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* 6. Please share more about your priorities for the gap locations.

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* 7. The City has limited funds to build or expand parks and trails. The City would like to add park acres and trail miles at a rate similar to that the current population enjoys (e.g. today there are about 0.5 acres of neighborhood parks per 1,000 population; if the City grows as planned there would be a need for 21 acres by 2031). The City has less than 20% of the funding needed to add the parks and trails needed to serve projected population by 2031. The City is pursuing other funding sources like a park impact fee, and increasing grants. Other future efforts may include a levy or Metropolitan Parks District.

On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means you strongly disagree and 5 means you strongly agree, please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:

  1 Strongly Disagree 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree
Maximize the existing system and substitute more sustainable, lower cost facilities in place of the higher cost facilities.
Be more entrepreneurial and explore more cost recovery and revenue generating, and expense saving measures, including, but not limited to, park fees, volunteer maintained parks, leaving parks more natural, sponsors, fundraising, increased rental fees, and other ideas.
Narrow the Parks system acquisition focus to a few high priority areas (e.g., fill gaps in neighborhood parks and trails) so resources can be more effectively used.
Pursue combined public and private funding (e.g. park impact fee for growth at a fair rate).
I would consider supporting revenue measures (levy, metropolitan parks district, other) to fund a plan that integrates sustainability, efficiency, prioritization, and entrepreneurial measures.

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* 8. The Forest Park Administration Building is the City of Everett Parks and Facilities Department Administrative (Headquarters) Building and was built in 1954 as a shop and office; it is about 5,700 square feet in size. The Draft PROS Plan identifies a potential project to modernize the office. Objectives include: Having a modern public-facing office to greet Everett community members and improve access to city programs, providing a healthier and more efficient work environment for employees, and aligning with Everett’s sustainability goals.

Other communities that offer community-facing parks administrative buildings with associated facilities for classes, rentals, and recreation include: Snohomish County (Willis Tucker Activity Center), Lynnwood, Federal Way, Auburn, and others.

Would you like a more interactive facility for the staff and public? What are the pros and cons of this idea? What would improve the idea?

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* 9. Do you have other ideas about the Draft PROS Plan you want to share to improve the plan?

Demographics

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* 10. How many people live in your household?

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* 11. What are the ages of your household members?

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* 12. What is your race/ethnicity? Check all that apply.

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* 13. What do you think the best methods for informing you, your friends, and/or
family would be regarding updates on the PROS Plan progress?

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* 14. If you would like to be included in the project mailing list, please provide your
email address. (Optional)

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Everett Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan, and Rethinking Community Wellbeing.

To follow along with the PROS plan please visit the project website! everettwa.gov/PROSplan
For more information, please contact Cory Rettenmier, Recreation and Golf Manager, Everett Parks and Facilities via email CRettenmier@everettwa.gov or tel. 425.257.7314

 
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