Stevenson Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan

Stevenson, WA / 2024

Seva Workshop supported DCG/Watershed in developing the Stevenson Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide the City of Stevenson’s investments and improvements to its parks system over the next 20 years.

Stevenson is a small town with community access to a wide range of parks, trails, and open spaces. While most of these public spaces are not owned or maintained by the City, they sought to create a plan for managing and expanding these spaces through collaboration and shared resources. The PROS Plan begins to bring together a common understanding and future to strengthen and support the parks network that benefits the Stevenson community.

Seva staff supported this plan through data and geospatial analysis, development of metrics to define and improve levels of service, and the financial overview needed to support the plan’s vision. Seva created a community profile, needs assessment, level of service analysis, capital improvement plan (CIP), and acquisition/disposal strategy. Analysis informs insights and recommendations to guide Stevenson staff in their improvements of assets and amenities that directly benefit local community members. A key focus of this plan was highlighting investments that promote wellness and quality of life for Stevenson residents on a daily basis, such as trail connections, enhanced maintenance of existing spaces, access to quality spaces at all times of day, and the addition of core amenities like playgrounds and restrooms. Seva also analyzed park access by walkability and identified priority zones within the city for future acquisitions to enhance a neighborhood park network.

When adopted mid-2024, the resulting PROS Plan will qualify Stevenson for many state grant programs that will help realize the ideas and plans outlined in the PROS vision.


Sources: ACS 5-year estimates B11005, 2021; Seva Workshop, 2023. 

In 2021, 23% of Stevenson households include children. This represents a 4% proportional decrease from 2011, or a reduction of 39 households. This aligns with the population pyramid shifts, which show significant reduction in the population aged under 10 years old. The aging community may have different desires for investments in the park system.
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