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Community helps set vision for City of Sequim parks

Public Works analyst Sarah VanAusdle with Water Resource specialist, Ann Soule and Planning Consultant Charisse Deschenes are at the Master Parks Plan visioning workshop looking over aerial photos and comments on a city park. - Sequim Gazette photo by Alana Linderoth
Public Works analyst Sarah VanAusdle with Water Resource specialist, Ann Soule and Planning Consultant Charisse Deschenes are at the Master Parks Plan visioning workshop looking over aerial photos and comments on a city park.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Alana Linderoth

Sequim City officials hosted a Parks Master Plan update visioning workshop all day May 21 at Pioneer Memorial Park. The workshop was intended to entice interaction with the community for ways to improve and update the outdated Parks Master Plan.

At the workshop each park had its own station with an aerial photo of the park, a giant writing pad and markers to record pros, cons and future ideas. A general idea station along with historical information for every park and a slideshow continually played to help spark people’s ideas.

“What’s really helping me here is the process of elimination in identifying which parks citizens have the most concerns about and the potential for each one,” Special Projects manager Joe Irvin said.

While gathering creative input of the city’s parks is helpful and exciting, the ongoing task to secure funding for maintenance and operations also is key, Irvin said.

Throughout the day the workshop stayed occupied with residents of all ages giving their input.

In the end nearly 90 people had signed the sign-in sheet, Public Works analyst, Sarah VanAusdle noted.

“It was a great day and we really got a lot of valuable feedback and ideas,” VanAusdle said.

Irvin anticipates having the Parks Master Plan to the city council by the end of November.

 

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