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  • 2020 Parks, Recreation, Trails, & Open Space Plan

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Centralia City Council

    Susan Luond, Mayor Cameron McGee Peter Abbarno, Mayor Pro-Tem Rebecca Staebler Elizabeth Cameron Max Vogt Kelly Smith Johnston

    Centralia Parks Advisory Board

    Mark Dulin, Chair Chelsea Kane Mary Dawn Kutzbein Sybil Kuhn Rebecca Demaris, High School Representative

    City of Centralia

    Rob Hill, City Manager Emil Pierson, Community Development Director

    Hillary Hoke, Assistant Community Development Director Julie Liseth, Recreation Supervisor

    Barry Hughes, Lead Park Technician

    2007 Plan Prepared by:

    Steve Duh, Principal, Conservation Technix, Inc. David Sacamano, Principal, Illahee Group, Inc.

    Mike Shepherd, The Write Thing

    2020 & 2014 Plans Prepared by: City of Centralia Community Development Department

    Adoption Date: April XX, 2020

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS ................................................................................................................................. - 2 - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .............................................................................................................................. - 3 - PLANNING AREA & CONTEXT .................................................................................................................... - 5 -

    1A. Introduction .............................................................................................................................. - 5 - 1B. Community Overview ............................................................................................................... - 5 - 1C. Natural Features and Land Use ................................................................................................. - 5 - 1D. Historical Highlights – Trade, Transportation, Tourism ........................................................ - 6 - 1E. Growth of Parks & Recreation .................................................................................................. - 8 - 1F. Population and Demographics .................................................................................................. - 8 -

    VISION, GOALS & OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................................. - 13 - 2A. A Vision For Centralia Parks & Recreation .............................................................................. - 13 - 2B. Goals and Objectives ............................................................................................................... - 13 -

    DEFINITIONS & STANDARDS ................................................................................................................... - 17 - 3A. Neighborhood Parks ............................................................................................................... - 17 - 3B. Community Parks .................................................................................................................... - 17 - 3C. Natural Areas & Open Space Corridors ................................................................................... - 18 - 3D. Trails ........................................................................................................................................ - 18 - 3E. Special Facilities ...................................................................................................................... - 18 - 3F. Service Standards .................................................................................................................... - 20 -

    EXISTING INVENTORY .............................................................................................................................. - 21 - PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT ............................................................................................................................ - 43 -

    5A. Community-Based Plans ................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined. 5B. Public Opinion ................................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.

    NEEDS ASSESSMENT ............................................................................................................................... - 47 - 6A. Assessment of Demand & Need ............................................................................................. - 47 - 6B. Neighborhood and Community Parks ..................................................................................... - 47 - 6C. Natural Areas and Open Space Corridors ............................................................................... - 48 - 6D. Trails ........................................................................................................................................ - 48 - 6E. Recreation Programs ............................................................................................................... - 49 - 6F. Levels of Service Summary & Overall Future Need ................................................................ - 49 -

    TRAIL PLAN .............................................................................................................................................. - 51 - 7A: Current & Projected Demand ................................................................................................. - 51 - 7B: Trail Planning Recommendations ........................................................................................... - 52 - 7C: Trail Facility Guidelines ........................................................................................................... - 52 - 7D: Funding ................................................................................................................................... - 54 - 7E: Conclusion ............................................................................................................................... - 54 -

    CAPITAL FACILITIES PLAN & IMPLEMENTATION MEASURES .................................................................. - 57 - Capital Projects: A 6-Year Outlook ..................................................................................................... - 57 - Implementation Strategies ................................................................................................................. - 58 -

    APPENDIX A: ADOPTING ORDINANCE ............................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined. APPENDIX B: PARK INVENTORY DETAILS ........................................................................................................ APPENDIX C: COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ............................................................................................................ APPENDIX D: FINANCING & INCENTIVES ........................................................................................................ APPENDIX E: PRESS & MEDIA EXHIBITS ..........................................................................................................

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Centralia is blessed with a rich natural environment. Rivers, woods, rolling hills, and prairies present a vast array of recreational opportunities for people of all ages and interests. The city itself has maintained its historic, small-town charm. Visitors come here for the enjoyment of just these advantages. Centralia and Lewis County provide relief from the hectic pace of urban life.

    Cautious planning keeps our environment healthy and can be a significant factor in keeping our economy strong. In 2007, the City of Centralia adopted a Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan of considerable scope with an aim was to provide a basis for making choices that could dramatically alter the character and quality of parks and other recreational facilities over the long term (15-20 years) timeframe. The 2007 Plan did the following:

    • Set goals and objectives;

    • Took an inventory of the parks and open spaces;

    • Included public involvement;

    • Conducted a study that analyzed the supply, demand, and need for public and private parks and recreation facilities;

    • Developed a Capital improvement program;

    • Met the Growth Management Act requirements (GMA); was

    • Reviewed by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO); and

    • Adopted by the Centralia City Council.

    In 2014, the City was required by the GMA to update the 2007 Plan. The 2014 Plan used the plan completed in 2007 as a foundation but it dealt with significant challenges, such as facility and maintenance problems from limited capital spending, declining operating budgets, and reductions in park staffing due to the recession. It also addressed and updated the items listed above.

    The 2020 Plan, presented here, uses that adopted 2014 Plan as its base and once again the goals, policies, projects, and capital projects were updated and will be the priorities for the next 15-20 years.

    This report accounts for progress and community demand and complies with the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) funding requirements, Growth Management Act (GMA) guidelines, and state law. It provides a fresh, streamlined Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan with current findings and recommended priorities for the next 15-20 years. Expectations for parks and recreation remain high in the minds of residents. The “2020 wish li

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