Metro Parks Invites Public Input on Budget Priorities

Like the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks is also in the process of making some tough decisions in developing its 2015-2016 biennial budget, and they've got a couple ways for you to share your input at public hearings and via an online comment card. 

A 2014 parks bond passed by voters will help fund improvements and updates throughout the park district, with a special focus on Point Defiance Park and the Zoo and Aquarium. Metro Parks is looking at a 10 year plan for the 2014 bond dollars. Other funding for parks programs and improvements comes from $51 million in grants, donations and partnership opportunities. 

Metro Parks' overarching service goals help guide the budget process.

  • Fostering active lifestyles,
  • Fostering appreciation and stewardship of wildlife and natural resources and
  • Fostering appreciation of Tacoma’s culture and heritage.

As do community priorities identified in surveys conducted by Metro Parks in 2013.

  • Make sure all areas of the city benefit from Metro Parks
  • Make sure every neighborhood has a local park in walking distance
  • Ensure parks in Tacoma are well-maintained
  • Preserve natural areas and open space
  • Improve Point Defiance Park and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Replace deteriorating amenities and improve safety at parks

If you've got opinions about where you'd like to see limited Metro Parks resources go, you can give your feedback in a couple ways. The public is invited to attend upcoming public hearings at Metro Parks Board meetings on October 27 and November 24. At both of those meetings the Board will discuss the budget, and at the November 24 meeting, the budget is scheduled for a first reading. If you can't make those meetings, or if you prefer an online comment option, you can complete a (very) brief online Metro Parks budget comment card through October 31.

The online Metro Parks budget survey is pretty straightforward - it asks you to name three things you hope Metro Parks Tacoma considers in 2015-2016.

So, what three things would you like to see Metro Parks consider in the next two years?

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