This is the time to awaken the possibilities, interests, and concerns about area recreation. The project team, lead by the Cities of Covington and Maple Valley, is asking for your ideas through surveys, interviews, emails, comment cards, virtual town halls and future in-person workshops. Per the timeline below, the study’s conclusions will be presented as a recommendation to elected officials in Spring 2021.
The Project Steering Committee will convene virtually with public access to tune in on Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6-8:30 p.m. Link to the live meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1716026122813/WN_qzqQ6kQQS023BeuranAM2Q. The committee will receive their charge to build consensus around area wide recreation, review survey results, and begin an important conversation about locating a potential new recreation/aquatic center.
A project status report will issued after each of the four planned Steering Committee meetings that will welcome and expand public deliberations under way. A public input event will occur in tandem with the second Steering Committee meeting, ideally with live opportunities for exchanges between committee members, interest groups, and industry experts.
By mid-winter, the public process will move into Facility and site concepts, to be shared with all participants, posted on-line, and presented in public events and before the Steering Committee. A second town hall update will come later in the process to review early recommendations, with the opportunity to represent all perspectives to include documented objections.
Early in 2021, the project team will finalize its technical products regarding potential business plans, development options, and operational considerations. Come Spring, the Steering Committee will arrive at a final recommendations for an Aquatic/Recreation Facility that best fits the community.
The project team will then issue a community-wide report that includes a cost benefit analysis, to be presented to the city councils of Covington and Maple Valley. From there, the team will be ready to advance into Pre-Construction Design with the necessary background for a feasible community project.