APRIL 2021: The final public workshop, to be held by Zoom on April 20th, 6-7:30pm, will present the recommended program for a new indoor recreation center, reflecting the market analysis and public input. Conceptual layouts of program spaces (such as the gyms!) will be shared at the workshop, along with early design considerations. With public buy-in, the project can move into funding, business, and operational planning, to be reported back the community through the Steering Committee in May and then the City Councils.

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2021: With focus sessions and interviews processed, the team is now presenting a proposed Program (what will be in the recommended center.) The Program, under discussion at Steering Committee #3 on March 30, needs to reflect community needs, interests, and priorities. Funding and Site locations are also under review for the ideal development program. It will be exciting to present these in the upcoming virtual Public Workshop on April 20, 2021.

JANUARY 2021: Focus sessions – held on Zoom! – convened throughout the month to discuss areas of interest among community stakeholders. There have also been general interest sessions as well. These open discussion sessions, combined with public input, interviews, and meetings with local organizations, will inform the recommended Program for an ideal center. Reflecting the market analysis as well, the Program will outline what the center will offer in terms of complimentary recreation uses. Given the importance of this product, the team decided to allow more time for input and review, postponing the planned public meeting and workshop for January, until dates that are still to be determined.

DECEMBER 2020: The first virtual public workshop was held on December 1st, live on Zoom and Facebook. It can viewed all month through a link provided on the Resources page. The workshop introduces the project and encourages all interested to get involved, particularly toward the current goal to reach all stakeholder groups for focused input. Focus Groups are forming, with 45-minute Zoom sessions focused on specific area of interest, ahead of the second virtual Public Workshop – date to be determined. The goal is to develop a community-representative program for indoor recreation and begin testing out regarding market analysis and site opportunities.

NOVEMBER 2020: The Project Steering Committee, meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00pm, will continue to review locational considerations and program ideas based on market analysis and public input. From their last meeting, the steering committee is considering community-based activities and recreational activities, with a goal of setting early recommendations for the 1st Public Workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 6-7:30pm.

OCTOBER 2020: The public process officially begins with the first meeting of the Project Steering Committee, via Zoom webinar, on Thursday, October 22, from 6-8:30pm. This first milestone moment – the full meeting – will be available to tune in live or to review afterwards. A report will summarize the materials presented and document the public input regarding the items at hand.

SEPTEMBER 2020: Collect survey data as well as applications for membership on the the Project Steering Committee. Steering committee applications are due by the close of business on September 21, 2020 (a week extension to original deadline.) Later in the month, the cities of Covington and Maple Valley will each appoint 3 representatives to the 15 member committee which is to represent area-wide, indoor recreation concerns and interests.

AUGUST 2020: “The Situational Assessment.” Surveys and interviews are under way to learn about current community dynamics and what is needed for a successful public process in the year ahead. The goal is to establish an understanding of the concerns and interests regarding indoor recreation now in order to ensure representation in the public outreach and involvement going forward.

MAY-JULY 2020: Three month pause due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

APRIL 2020: The consultant team officially began their negotiated scope of work in April, investigating the local recreational market, its needs and opportunities. As part of the Situational Assessment, a scientifically valid telephone survey was conducted to begin providing local context and provide direction. This on-going survey is available for any one to take under the “Dialogue” tab of the website.

MARCH 2020: The project officially launched during the first week of March, with a presentation to the City Councils of Maple Valley (March 9, 2020) and Covington (March 10, 2020.)

Chosen from a nation-wide call for services, ALSC Architects of Spokane, will lead a team of subject matter experts in the development of plans for the indoor recreation facility.  The ALSC team is comprised of the following partners: Ballard*King: Economic Feasibility, Demographics; DH: Marketing, Branding, Public Outreach; Campbell & Company: Fundraising, Capital Campaign Counsel; Coffman Engineers: Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering; and CBRE / Don Moody: Real Estate Services.