How would you improve Marysville's parks system?

How would you improve Marysville's parks system?

Residents could soon be asked that question in a survey by mail and phone as the city prepares to make improvements to the more than 300 acres of parkland, which include the municipal pool, dog park, disc golf course, splash pad and miles of walking trails.

New facilities opened last year, including Partners Park and the Marysville Bark Park.

"This will be a statistically valid survey that asks a bunch of questions regarding what (residents) like best about the parks system and what they'd like to see," said Mike Andrako, public service director.

"That kind of gives you an idea of what the public wants," he said.

Marysville's strategic plan, which guides the city about how best to spend money and meet the needs of the community, identified the parks system as a priority.

The city accepted consulting proposals from three different companies. A proposal review team selected Pros Consulting for $40,470. ETC Institute would conduct the survey for $11,790.

Marysville City Council must appropriate funding for the work, which will take about 10 months to complete, Andrako said. The funding request is on City Council's agenda for its meeting Monday, July 11.

Marysville budgeted $691,360 to maintain its parks and grounds this year. Typically, $150,000 to $200,000 is available annually for capital improvements to area parks.

The study also will identify the makeup of the city, including demographics and needs. The process will include two public meetings, Andrako said.

"The money is there to spend," he said. "The question is what do we spend the money on?

"What does the public want? What I'm hoping to get from the survey is a clear vision for the city in what they would like to see in the parks," Andrako said.