The public is invited to a meeting to discuss 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 meeting is scheduled for 7 pm to 9 pm, Thursday, October 24, at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-Purpose Room, 2214 Electric Ave. This meeting is a follow up to the public workshop held in June and is an opportunity to review the survey results and other input provided over the past year 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 began the process to update the PRO Plan in early 2013 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.
This meeting is a culmination of several opportunities for public input on the PRO Plan. A public input workshop was held on June 20, 2013, and telephone and online surveys were completed in September 2013. In addition, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board worked on the PRO Plan every month at their regular meetings in 2013. There will be additional public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council beginning in November.
For more information, please visit the PRO Plan section of the City’s website.
For more information, please contact:
Leslie Bryson, Design and Development Manager
Parks and Recreation Department, 360-778-7000 or
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.