Public input sought on Chambers Creek Master Site Plan

What will Chambers Creek Regional Park look like in 10 years?

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department and the Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Department invite county residents to help shape the 2017 update to the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan (MSP), the former gravel mine that now includes the Chambers Bay Golf Course and Chambers Creek Canyon.

This 930-acre regional park includes over two miles of saltwater shoreline, two and a half miles of urban creek canyon, walking trails, soccer fields, open lawns, and breathtaking mountain and Puget Sound views.

Park users, citizens and interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend an open house on Thurs., May 26 at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street West, University Place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to help envision the uses and activities that might be developed in the Park over the next 10 years.

The original Master Site Plan was adopted in 1997, with a review and update completed in 2007. The 2017 update will include two main parts.

The first part consists of an overall update of the MSP as it relates to the entire park to include:
• Identifying projects completed to date and incorporating changes since the 2007 MSP update
• Verifying and updating uses for the Central Area and Chambers Creek Canyon
• Reviewing and adjusting standards for parking allocation and design guidelines
• Analyzing potential impacts of new uses
• Conducting required environmental analysis and documentation
The second part of the update focuses on completing the Plan for the area south of the wastewater treatment plant, referred to as the South Area.

The South Area presents a unique opportunity to design park elements for a site that is surrounded by water on three sides.

The Master Site Plan Update is funded by Pierce County and includes the involvement of representatives from the surrounding cities of University Place and Lakewood. This is the first open house on the update and kicks off a six-month public engagement process.

Thursday’s open house will give the community an opportunity to learn about work completed in earlier updates and provide meaningful input that will shape the projects and activities included in the 2017 Master Site Plan. A project website is available at www.ChambersCreekUpdate.com.

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