Call to Order
The joint meeting was called to order by Chair Erin Vivion at 6:38 pm at Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Arts Council Members Present: Amy Barnes, Matt Lome, Xixi Shakes, Suzanne Skone, Gaylene Vaden, and Erin Vivion
Arts Council Members Absent: Anumeha, Erik Gordon, and Damian Schwiethale
Parks & Recreation Commission Members Present: Sara Berkenwald, Don Cohen, Lyn Gualtieri, Jodi McCarthy, Amy Richter, and Rory Westberg
City Council: Deputy Mayor Salim
Staff: Sarah Bluvas, Ryan Daly, Katie Herzog, Diane Mortenson, and Paul West
Chair Vivion invited meeting participants to introduce themselves.
Resident Daniel Thompson addressed the Parks & Recreation Commission’s work with the PROS Plan process to date.
Overview of Arts Council and Parks & Recreation Commission – Staff and Rory Westberg
Mortenson presented an overview of the Arts Council’s responsibilities and activities, which include coordinating programs like Mostly Music in the Park and assisting staff with stewarding the public art collection. Daly and Westberg presented an overview of the Parks & Recreation Commission’s role, which includes building awareness for the new commission as a forum for public input and providing policy guidance. Chair Vivion asked how staff envision the two boards working together; practices could include future joint meetings, project-specific collaborations, meetings between the chairs, and monthly reports from staff liaisons.
2020 PROS Plan – Ryan Daly and Steve Duh, Conservation Technix
Daly introduced Duh, who presented an overview of the 2020 process to update the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan. This planning process includes a facilities assessment and extensive community engagement; final review of the plan is targeted for the end of 2020.
Department of Commerce Grant Award – Paul West
The City received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Commerce in 2019 to address safety improvements on the Mountains to Sound Regional Trail. West presented an overview of three eligible projects in the Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan and gathered preliminary feedback for the project scoping process. Staff will present a draft project scope at the February Parks & Recreation Commission meeting.
Chair Vivion adjourned the meeting at 8:30 pm.