Parks and Recreation Program Update - January 11, 2022
Posted on 01/11/2022
In 1991, the City of Bonney Lake entered into an interlocal agreement with the City of Sumner and the Sumner School District to run a Parks and Recreation program. The original agreement assigned the administration of the program to the Sumner School District. In 2017, after the City of Sumner pulled out of the agreement, the City of Bonney Lake assumed the administration and the cost of the program from the Sumner School District, with the Sumner School District providing facilities. This current interlocal agreement has a five year term with a provision that either party could give notice of its intent not to renew the interlocal agreement at least six months in advance of the termination date for a subsequent five year term.

At the January 4, 2022 Council Workshop, per the request of Council, City staff shared data on recreation programming and the recruitment and retention of staff. Following Council discussion, Council directed the Mayor to notify the District of the City’s intent not to renew the agreement.

This notification does not mean the Parks and Recreation program will end. Instead, the City of Bonney Lake plans to continue discussions with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District about how the Parks and Recreation program might be revised to better meet the needs of the community. Both the City of Bonney Lake and the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District recognize the importance of the Parks and Recreation Program and the service it provides to the families in our community. The next discussion will take place during the January 18, 2022 Council Workshop.

The public is invited to attend Council Meetings and Workshops in-person, via conference call or over the internet. To view the meeting agenda and for information on how to join virtually or sign up to make public comment during a Council Meeting, visit www.cobl.us/citycouncil. As a reminder, public comments are only taken at Council Meetings and not Workshops. However, if you would like send an electronic letter to Council, you may email [email protected] and request that your email be forwarded to City Council. Community members are also encouraged to subscribe to receive City Council meeting agendas at www.cobl.us/newsletter.

The City of Bonney Lake is looking forward to working collaboratively with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District about how we can serve the community with this important Parks and Recreation program.