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Parks and Open Space Plan 2020 Update

Parks and Open Spaces Plan 2020 Update
Posted on 09/25/2020
Cycling in Woodinville Parks

The City of Woodinville has developed a 2020 Parks and Open Space Plan to identify community priorities in order to shape the future of parks, open spaces, and public facilities over the next six years.

The planning process included public engagement and outreach, a thorough inventory of park and open space assets and their amenities, a study of the feasibility of the most-requested park and recreation amenities, a discussion of Woodinville’s parks levels of service, and an update of related goals and policies.

dRAFT pLAN  & pUBLIC cOMMENT

 Plan Cover & Link to Plan DocumentThe draft 2020 PRO Plan is now available for review. Written comments may be sent to:

PROPlan@ci.woodinville.wa.us

or

Roxanne Robles, Associate Planner
Woodinville Development Services Dept.
17301 133rd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 90872

Public OutreACH  

The 2019 outreach program engaged more park users than any other outreach program to date. Outcomes from the program had many similar themes as outreach conducted in 1998, 2000, 2004, and 2012. The City conducted outreach at the following 11 public events:

  • Pop-Up at Wilmot Gateway Park, Saturday July 13th, 2019
  • Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concert, Wednesday July 17th, 2019
  • Pop-Up at Rotary Community Park, Saturday August 3nd, 2019
  • Pop-Up on Sammamish River Trail, Saturday August 10th, 2019
  • Northshore School District Back to School Fair, Friday August 16th, 2019
  • Celebrate Woodinville Festival, Saturday August 17th, 2019
  • Woodinville High School Falcon Days, Wednesday and Thursday August 21st & 22nd, 2019
  • Leota Middle School Back to School Fair, Monday August 26th, 2019
  • Timbercrest Middle School Back to School Fair, Monday August 26th, 2019
  • Farmer’s Market, Saturday August 31st, 2019
  • Northshore Senior Center Vibrant Living Fair, Friday September 27th, 2019

Over 1,400 people participated in event activities which included the following:

  • Mapping Connections: At the July 13th and August 10th pop-ups, park users were asked to use bright string to mark local and regional connections that they use or would like to use more safely on large local and regional maps. Park and trail users are very interested in cycling connections between Woodinville, Kirkland, and Redmond, as well as safer connections to the north and south within Woodinville.
  • Visual Preference: Two sets of imagery depicting ideas for ‘Aesthetics & Improvements’ and ‘Programming’ were displayed at pop-up and community events. Participants were given three stickers and asked to place the stickers on their favorite images. 
  • Vote on Amenities & Programs: Participants at seven different pop-up, community, and school events were given a choice of ten different amenities including Ball Fields & Sport Courts, Cultural Events, Interpretive Signage, Multi-Use Trails, Off-Leash Dog Areas, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds, Public Art, Water Play, and Wine Events. Each participant was given three paper tickets with which to vote on their favorite amenities & programs or suggest their own. 

Trails, water play and public pools, a teen center, and recreation programming for all ages have been high priorities for Woodinville across more than two decades. New findings in 2019 included the overwhelming support of a dog park and spray play areas from people across a range of ages. The potential of these amenities was analyzed in the feasibility study.

 

FEASIBILITY STUDY

The City hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study based on the outcomes of the public outreach. The consultant conducted a thorough inventory of park assets and recreation amenities. The study included Woodinville Heights Park, Greenbrier Open Space, Greenbrier Park, Quail Ridge, Rotary Park, Stone Hill Meadows Park, Tanglin Ridge Park, Wood Trails, and Woodin Creek Park. Each of the properties was analyzed for its suitability for trails, a dog park, spray play, sport courts, and sports fields. The City Sports Fields, Wilmot Gateway Park, and DeYoung Park have recently received improvements and were not included in the analysis. 

The study concluded that most of Woodinville’s properties are unsuitable for the proposed amenities. Greenbrier Open Space, Rotary Park, and Wood Trails could accommodate trails, and Woodin Creek Park is somewhat appropriate for the development of a dog park or spray play. The study recommends that Woodinville acquire land if it were to invest in the development of a dog park, spray play, or additional sports courts and fields. Table 2 from the study is included below and summarizes the findings.



Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Service Summary Self-Assessment, recreation programs available, and comparisons with regional cities of similar size produced a more accurate and flexible means of evaluating levels of service. Based on these assessment methods, Woodinville’s parks offerings are on par with similarly-sized cities. Woodinville performs below similarly-sized jurisdictions when comparing recreation programming. 

Woodinville is fortunate to have local partners such as the Chamber of Commerce, Woodinville Wine Country, 21 Acres, the Sammamish Valley Alliance, the Woodinville Art Alliance, the Northshore YMCA, the Northshore Senior Center, and youth and adult sports teams which produce events, festivals, and recreation programs for the community. While these programs are not run by City staff, they are integral to Woodinville culture and receive financial support from the City’s grant programs.

Goals & Policies

The 2020 PRO Plan features several updates to parks, recreation, and open space goals and policies. Staff analysis of the 2014 goals and policies found inconsistencies with the current Comprehensive Plan, redundancies in policies regarding interjurisdictional collaboration, and recommended an expansion on policies about trails given the emphasis on trails in public outreach. The proposed revisions to goals and policies can be reviewed in the meeting materials for the Public Spaces Commission August 17th meeting, and are summarized below:

Goal 1: Revised to include residents and visitors.

  • Consolidated policies 1-3 and 1-7 into policies concerning interjurisdictional collaboration.
  • Revised policy 1-4 for consistency with Comp Plan.
  • Consolidated policy 1-5 with other policies concerning trails and connectivity.
  • Created policy 1-7 to set a goal of regularly assessing how the City meets PRO Plan goals and policies.

Goal 2: Revised to include residents and visitors.

  • Revised 2-2 to create more specific means of engaging with businesses and non-profits.
  • Consolidated 2-4 with other policies concerning interjurisdictional collaboration.

Goal 3: Revised to more specifically address critical areas protection and conservation.

  • Revised policies 3-1, 3-2, and 3-4 to better reflect the intent of ecological conservation.
  • Consolidated policy 3-3 with 3-4 for clarity.

Goal 4

  • Consolidate policies 4-3 and 4-6 with other policies concerning interjurisdictional collaboration.
  • Revised policy 4-5 to address the inclusion of open space in residential developments.

Goal 5

  • Revised 5-3 to include indigenous communities, their land stewardship, and cultural heritage.

Goal 6: Added to acknowledge the City’s commitment to interjurisdictional collaboration.

  • Policies acknowledge the desire to create regional facilities and programs to avoid unmitigated impacts, avoid redundancy, lower costs, and improved accessibility.

Goal 7: Added to acknowledge the City’s commitment to trail development.

  • Policies acknowledge the desire to create a network of connected multi-use trails that meet community demand.

Learn More

For additional background on the planning process, please refer to previous discussions linked below:

PRO Plan Public Outreach Discussion – October 24, 2019
PRO Plan Feasibility Study Discussion – June 25, 2020
PRO Plan Levels of Service Discussion – July 23, 2020
PRO Plan Goals and Policies Discussion – August 27, 2020