Public can weigh in on Bellingham parks plan update

Bellingham city officials are inviting the public to contribute to an 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 workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-Purpose Room, 2214 Electric Ave.

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 is beginning the process now 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.

The workshop is the first of several opportunities for public input on the plan. In addition, there will be public opinion surveys and public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. The process is being overseen with input from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

For more information on this project or other park projects, please visit the PRO Plan section of the city’s website.

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