Reed Park Master Plan

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Sitting atop historic Craig's Hill, Reed Park has served as a city park facility since 1933, providing our community with views of the city of Ellensburg, as well as much of the Kittitas Valley. Reed Park has historically been used for a variety of purposes, some of which are very unique. Reed Park is a place to see weather events unfolding in real time. The spot to take out of town guests to show them our beautiful city and surrounding area. A place for our local teens to talk and hang out. A cheap seat to an event taking place inside the rodeo arena. However, over the course of the last 10 years there has been a significant increase in the number of cars driving to the park throughout the day, to the point where it impacts not only the immediate neighbors of the park but those living along or near Maple Street, Alder Street, and Poplar Street.

At the September 8, 2020 City Council meeting, the Council heard from Reed Park neighbors requesting that the City develop a new master plan for Reed Park. Park neighbors shared their story of what it’s like living near the park, or along one of the streets accessing or leaving the park.

The message from the neighbors was consistent and clear: They have concerns with pedestrian safety, the number of cars driving to and from the park, the driving behaviors of those driving to or from Reed Park, and general park behavior. They stated that the community as whole is reluctant to use the park because of the behaviors and attitudes exhibited by those currently using park, the majority of which are thought to be high school and college age.

At the October 14, 2020 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, a motion was passed recommending that the City Council move forward with making physical changes to the park. A second motion was passed recommending that the City use park impact fees to hire a landscape architect to handle the public participation process in developing a master plan that focuses on pedestrian safety, traffic circulation, and viewpoint access.

The Commission recognizes that the popularity and history of Reed Park necessitates the need for a comprehensive public outreach and participation process.


Reed Park Master Plan Process

Through the park master planning process, our elected officials are provided with the necessary information to make decisions about park design that reflects the community's wishes and desires. The first stage in park development is the design phase. This is where the community, stakeholders, and other interested parties can share their vision of the park. From this a master plan is developed. The second stage, and often the most challenging, is identifying the where the funding for the park development will come from. The final and most and exciting part is the construction of the park. This is where all of the public participation, planning, and partnerships come together.

Milestone #1: Community survey

Milestone #2: Public meeting to present the schematic master plans

Milestone #3: Create draft master plan

Milestone #4: Public meeting to refine the preferred master plan

Milestone #5: City Council review & adoption

Reed Park Master Plan Process (steps in text above)


Sitting atop historic Craig's Hill, Reed Park has served as a city park facility since 1933, providing our community with views of the city of Ellensburg, as well as much of the Kittitas Valley. Reed Park has historically been used for a variety of purposes, some of which are very unique. Reed Park is a place to see weather events unfolding in real time. The spot to take out of town guests to show them our beautiful city and surrounding area. A place for our local teens to talk and hang out. A cheap seat to an event taking place inside the rodeo arena. However, over the course of the last 10 years there has been a significant increase in the number of cars driving to the park throughout the day, to the point where it impacts not only the immediate neighbors of the park but those living along or near Maple Street, Alder Street, and Poplar Street.

At the September 8, 2020 City Council meeting, the Council heard from Reed Park neighbors requesting that the City develop a new master plan for Reed Park. Park neighbors shared their story of what it’s like living near the park, or along one of the streets accessing or leaving the park.

The message from the neighbors was consistent and clear: They have concerns with pedestrian safety, the number of cars driving to and from the park, the driving behaviors of those driving to or from Reed Park, and general park behavior. They stated that the community as whole is reluctant to use the park because of the behaviors and attitudes exhibited by those currently using park, the majority of which are thought to be high school and college age.

At the October 14, 2020 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, a motion was passed recommending that the City Council move forward with making physical changes to the park. A second motion was passed recommending that the City use park impact fees to hire a landscape architect to handle the public participation process in developing a master plan that focuses on pedestrian safety, traffic circulation, and viewpoint access.

The Commission recognizes that the popularity and history of Reed Park necessitates the need for a comprehensive public outreach and participation process.


Reed Park Master Plan Process

Through the park master planning process, our elected officials are provided with the necessary information to make decisions about park design that reflects the community's wishes and desires. The first stage in park development is the design phase. This is where the community, stakeholders, and other interested parties can share their vision of the park. From this a master plan is developed. The second stage, and often the most challenging, is identifying the where the funding for the park development will come from. The final and most and exciting part is the construction of the park. This is where all of the public participation, planning, and partnerships come together.

Milestone #1: Community survey

Milestone #2: Public meeting to present the schematic master plans

Milestone #3: Create draft master plan

Milestone #4: Public meeting to refine the preferred master plan

Milestone #5: City Council review & adoption

Reed Park Master Plan Process (steps in text above)


  • The City has hired RWD Landscape Architects to oversee the master planning process. The scope of the work includes a public engagement plan, site analysis, schematic master plans, preferred master plan, and an estimate of probable capital cost. The goal is to develop a master plan focusing on improving park safety by expanding non-motorized access opportunities to and within the park, while still maintaining existing park elements that make Reed Park unique to the community.

    Since this park is used by such a wide range of community members it is critical to the success of this project that we hear back from you. In addition to surveys that can be found at on BeHeardEburg, there are two public meetings planned (date still be determined) for community members to provide feedback on park design.


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