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File #: 21-1132    Version: 1
Type: recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2021 In control: Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
Agenda date: 12/2/2021 Final action: 12/2/2021
Title: Olympia School District's Response to PRAC's School Co-location Concerns at Yelm Highway Community Park
Attachments: 1. City Council Response Letter, 2. Presentation (33MB), 3. Engage Olympia Webpage
Title
Olympia School District's Response to PRAC's School Co-location Concerns at Yelm Highway Community Park

Recommended Action
Provide a recommendation to City Council on whether to co-locate a secondary school at the Yelm Highway Community Park site.

Report
Issue:
Whether to locate a secondary school at the Yelm Highway Community Park.

Staff Contact:
Laura Keehan, Planning & Design Manager, Parks, Arts and Recreation, 360.570.5855

Background and Analysis:
In late 2018 Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department (OPARD) purchased 83 acres located at 3323 Yelm Highway for a future community park. The property is located next to a previously purchased 3.54-acre park parcel also on Yelm Highway.

The park master planning project was delayed in March of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Shortly thereafter, OPARD was approached by the Olympia School District (School District) with a request to consider allowing the School District to utilize a 20-acre portion of the park site for a future secondary school to be constructed in ten years or more. The School District would either purchase the property outright or trade an as-yet-to-be-identified parcel for the 20-acres.

In a joint public meeting, hosted over Zoom on November 16, 2020, OPARD and the School District described the concept and answered questions from the community. Following that meeting an online public survey was posted to the project's Engage Olympia webpage and was open through December 6, 2020. PRAC met on December 17, 2020, to review the survey results and designated a subcommittee to study the co-location proposal. At their January 21, 2021, meeting PRAC discussed eight concerns associated with the proposed co-location of a secondary school at the park site. A motion passed 4-3 to not recommend continuing to explore a partnership with the Olympia School District to locate a secondary school at the Yelm Highway Community Park site based on the eight concerns presented by the P...

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