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Kent Parks Department Workshop Notice

As you know, we have made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get a new aquatic facility in Kent in the past. But the need has not gone away with time – it has only gotten bigger.

For all those interested in the future of aquatics in Kent, please see the following notice from the Kent Parks Department. I think it would be good for as many of us as possible to attend these workshops and let our voices be heard regarding the high priority of needing a new aquatic facility in Kent. Just as we said 10+ years ago, the Kent Meridian pool will not last forever. It is beyond its life expectancy and has major systems that are in need of replacement or in frequent (constant) need of repair. We need a new aquatic facility so we will have a place to teach kids how to swim, provide the Kent community with a healthy exercise and fitness option, provide rehab and treatment for those with injuries, host local competitive swim teams, and provide healthy family recreation.

This year the Kent Parks Recreation and Community Services Department has engaged the services of GreenPlay, a nationally renowned parks and recreation management consulting firm to assist in developing our Resource Allocation and Cost Recovery Policy which includes a model, philosophy and policy based on the community’s values for parks and recreation, services, the vision for the future and the Department’s mission. This model, based on The Pyramid Methodology will be a component part of our planning and budgeting processes. This model is intended to assist the Department in developing a fiscally responsible process so we can proactively plan for the future. In order to develop a tax payer investment/resource (subsidy) and cost recovery philosophy for facilities, programs and services offered by the Department, we are asking for your help.

As a component of the planning process, GreenPlay will be conducting a series of workshops for parks, recreation and community services partners and users. Because we value your opinion, we invite you to participate in this process. The workshops will be held throughout the day on January 28 and 29, 2014.

Tues., Jan. 28

Wed., Jan. 29

Public Workshop

9am – 11:30am

Commons – Crystal Mt. Hall

Public Workshop

9am – 11:30am

Commons – Rainier Room

Public Workshop

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Commons – Green River Room

Public Workshop

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Senior Center – Room #5

Public Workshop

6pm – 8:30pm

Teen Center at the Phoenix Academy

Public Workshop

6pm – 8:30pm

Commons- Olympic Room

At the workshop GreenPlay and Department Staff will make a short presentation explaining the pyramid methodology and then they will ask for your participation in identifying where programs and others inter-related core services fit within the pyramid.

Please call the Parks Department at 253-856-5000 to RSVP your attendance. You may also register on-line at webreg.KentWA.gov. Spaces are limited.

MARK W. PROTHERO

Attorney at Law

Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC

253 520 5000

253 893 5007 (fax)

mprothero@hiplawfirm.com