RESOLUTION NO. 914
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, ADOPTING AN UPDATED PARKS, RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE PLAN
WHEREAS, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) is the City’s master plan to provide parks, recreation and open space facilities and services to the community; and
WHEREAS, by Resolution 150 the City adopted its first PROS Plan on June 2, 1997; and
WHEREAS, because the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A) requires that the City plan for recreation and open space among other land uses, the City adopted the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan as an element of its Comprehensive Plan on July 6, 1998; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), which provides grant funding for parks, recreation, and open space projects, requires applicants to have a current parks, recreation, and open space plan as a requisite for grant applications; and to remain eligible for State grants to fund park improvements the City’s PROS Plan must be updated and approved by the State Recreation and Conservation Office every six years; and
WHEREAS, the City’s most recent PROS Plan was adopted in 2014 with the passage of Resolution 745; and
WHEREAS, the City through its administrative staff, the City’s Parks Advisory Commission and its outside consultant, SCJ Alliance, began the process to update the PROS Plan in 2019, holding multiple public meetings, conducting citizen surveys and engaging the community in developing, planning and imagining the vision for the City’s Parks and Open Spaces; and
WHEREAS, on February 13, 2020 the Parks Advisory Commission unanimously recommended the proposed PROS Plan update to the City Council for consideration; and
WHEREAS, on February 18, 2020 and March 2, 2020 the City Council held study sessions on the proposed PROS Plan update and found the update to be in the public interest; and
WHEREAS, the University Place City Council has determined that adopting the PROS Plan will provide a guide for development and management of the park system during the next planning window that will develop park sites, improve the quality of life for University Place residents, promote health and fitness, preserve open space, promote economic development and protect the public health, safety and public interests;
NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The 2020 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan Update attached hereto as Exhibit A, including appendices, is hereby adopted.
Section 2. This Resolution shall be effective immediately upon adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON MARCH 16, 2020.
Caroline Belleci, Mayor
Emelita J. Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney