Parks, Arts, and Culture
The Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture and Conservation Element helps achieve Redmond’s vision for the future by helping to maintain the community’s high quality of life, and meeting the City’s recreational, social and cultural needs for a diverse population with changing interests and needs. At a high level, required updates to the PARCC element implement, and are consistent with, the Capital Facilities element as it relates to park and recreation facilities. Updates include:
- Estimates of park and recreation demand for a ten-year period
- An evaluation of facilities and service needs
- An evaluation of intergovernmental coordination opportunities to provide regional approaches for meeting park and recreation demand.
- Policies for locating community facilities and services, including civic places like parks, schools, and other public spaces, in centers and near transit, with consideration for climate change, economic, social and health impacts.
The PARCC element is coordinated with the Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture & Conservation Plan (PARCC Plan), which provides specific implementation strategies to carry out these policies. The PARCC Plan is updated every six years to comply with requirements for funding from the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) with the next update due in 2023.
Policy Updates Under Consideration
The Redmond 2050 PARCC Element Existing Conditions Report identifies policy considerations for updates to the Redmond Comprehensive Plan. These updates come from preliminary community feedback and the requirements from King County and Puget Sound Regional Council policies.
- A parks planning consultant will support the update of the PARCC Plan, which will include community outreach on policy considerations.
- Further discussion will be held with boards and commissions, stakeholders, and the community during fall 2021 to explore policy options and alternatives.
- How required updates are incorporated will be reviewed by Planning Commission with the draft PARCC element in 2022.