Park System Plan Update

Issaquah - Your Parks - Your Future2024 Park System Update

As our community evolves and needs change, so too does our vision for future investments in Issaquah’s parks, trails, and open space. The City of Issaquah is currently drafting a 2024 Park System Plan Update to our current Park Strategic Plan. This update will inform strategic projects, goals and policies through the community’s vision and engagement. The updated plan strives towards a systematic approach to park planning that enriches the overall quality of parks, trails, and open spaces and raises their recreational value. 

The process involves:

  • Assessing the City’s park, trails, and open space inventory
  • Developing metrics for evaluating performance
  • Calculating level of service
  • Updating the list of capital improvement projects
  • Aligning the plan with current city initiatives

Engagement Opportunities

Survey

The City had a survey in late 2023 to gather feedback. Surveys like this ensures that ongoing and future projects reflect the community’s aspirations for a vibrant, welcoming, and connected parks and recreation system.

Focus Groups

The City hosted three focus group discussions over the summer on Arts, Culture, History & Community Partnerships, Trails & Open Space and Athletic Fields. These small group conversations offered the opportunity to hone in on larger community trends and opportunities for the future.

Timeline

  • May 17, 2023: Meeting #1: Park Board Ad-Hoc Committee on Park Strategic Plan 
  • July 25, 2023: 2024 Park System Plan Update Focus Group – Athletic Fields
  • July 26, 2023: 2024 Park System Plan Update Focus Group – Community Partners
  • July 27, 2023: 2024 Park System Plan Update Focus Group – Trails & Open Space
  • Oct. 12, 2023: Meeting #2: Park Board Ad-Hoc Committee on Park Strategic Plan
  • Oct. 16 – Nov 6, 2023: Survey Open
  • Q4 2023: Goals & Policies
  • Q4 2023: Evaluation, Analysis & Trends
  • Q1 2024: Plan Draft Document Creation
  • Q2 2024: Plan Document Adoption