Meeting Current Needs
SPR’s Strategic Plan lays out priorities and direction for the department over a 13-year period. SPR paused implementation planning when we pivoted to emergency pandemic response in early 2020. Over the past 18 months, Seattle has experienced dramatic change – a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, racial reckoning, economic downturn, and increasing impacts of climate change.
Many of SPR’s core services bring people together to share space and build community. To support the community in response to the crises of 2020 and help shape our short-term budget priorities and operations, we are seeking to engage with communities we serve about how their needs have shifted since the pandemic. We need to better understand how community needs and priorities have changed, particularly for those disproportionately impacted by these crises.
Watch the video below to hear more from Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre about our Strategic Plan implementation effort and why we are checking back in with communities we serve.
Here are some of the ways SPR sees a role for our services and programs in responding to these crises, and examples of recent project, programs, and activities that support this response. We are seeking feedback from you to help inform how we deliver services to meet community needs.