Public parks forum draws 40

Lakerider is a concession at Don Morse Park that rents paddle boards and kayaks.

by Richard Uhlhorn

An estimated crowd of 40 Chelan residents attended the August 25, Wednesday evening’s public forum on Community Parks & Recreation Strategic/Master Plan process.

An estimated crowd of 40 people joined and weighed in at the Public Forum last Wednesday on the process leading to a Strategic/Master Plan for Chelan’s public parks

“This process is the most important thing for the future of our parks,” said Paul Horne, parks director for the City. Art Thatcher, principal investigator with Greenplay, the City’s consultant at developing a new Master Plan for the parks said, “We want to engage the community. If you are not engaged in it, it will not be successful.”

Parks Director Paul Horne (sitting) listened intently to the comments residents made concerning the City’s public parks.

The focus groups and Wednesday’s public forum brought out a number of issues facing the parks system including but not limited to water access to the lake; safety and security; long term/year round use; water quality; a robust athletic program for the community’s youth that includes baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer; and parking.

Joe Harris remarked that Don Morse gave the property to the City for the youth. “Don was committed to the youth of this community,” said Harris who hopes to see that vision reinstate itself in the new master plan.

“WHAT COULD BE!” That’s the question? Greenplay LLC and BWA (architects) have their work could out before coming up with a final plan and cost estimate in February.

There are four more opportunities for the community and tourist/visitors to engage in the process. The first will be a survey sent out to the citizens of Chelan. After that, an on-line survey will be available for those wishing to comment. “It will be five or six weeks for the survey to be mailed out,” said Horne.

Don Morse Park from the air.

The Parks Department is preparing a website for the process which will be on-line soon.

“WHAT COULD BE!” That’s the question? Greenplay LLC and BWA (architects) have their work could out before coming up with a final plan and cost estimate in February.

Check out the entire PowerPoint that was used to present the work so far.

Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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