The City maintains a range of parks, which include a swimming pool, and wading pool, boat launch and several picnic areas. The Recreation Department sponsors a variety of community activities for youth and adults throughout the spring and summer, including softball and baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, art classes and more. Private organizations sponsor youth soccer, Grid Kids football, and swim team.
The long-range City policy is to continue to provide a variety of local recreational facilities for the City’s residents as funds become available. The City requires that new development provide its own recreational space consistent with the existing level of service provided in the community.
This element is referenced to the City of Prosser Parks and Recreation Plan, as amended. The Capital Facilities Plan for Public Works Facilities includes a list of recommended improvements to the park system, which include projects and estimated costs.
Park and Recreation Goals and Policies
Goal PR 1. – To provide a variety of well-distributed accessible parks and recreational facilities. Policy PR 1.1. Plan new parks, and develop parks and recreation programs based on current and anticipated community needs.
Strategy PR 1.1.1. Require the donation and improvement of land or payment in lieu of dedication and improvement of land for parks lands to mitigate the impacts of new residential development to the City’s park and recreation system as set in policies LOS 1.3 of the Capital Facilities Element. Such mitigation shall include the potential of new development to increase the demand for the parks described and identified under this policy, as well as the other strategies of this plan.
Strategy PR 1.1.2. Plan for adequate neighborhood parks to serve the future residents of the planned residential areas north of the river.
Strategy PR 1.1.3. Plan a new fully-developed community park with athletic fields and other community recreational facilities to meet the growing needs of the community and to reduce pressure on school district facilities to serve all age groups.
Strategy PR 1.1.4. Initiate studies to determine the feasibility of using the Spray Fields for a community park. If feasible, the City should give priority to developing the Spray Fields for recreational purposes. Such planning should include the potential of using the Spray Fields for economic development opportunities, as well as a community park, since there is ample space for the area to serve both needs. Policy PR 1.2. Provide a range of programs and facilities for year round recreational choices.
Policy PR 1.3. Develop a system of trails and paths that interconnect local and regional destinations.
Strategy PK 1.3.1. Provide trails for walking, bicycling, hiking, and jogging.
Strategy PK 1.3.2. Establish trails that are harmonious and compatible with existing natural features.
Strategy PK 1.3.3. Plan a trail system through the steep slope area south of State Route 22 and 221.
Strategy PK 1.3.4. Consider opportunities for pedestrian and trail connections in any future subdivision of land and require appropriate dedication of such trails and pedestrian connections.
Strategy PK 1.3.5 Continue to pursue the development of riverfront trails, especially the potential trail extending west of Farrand Park Policy PR 1.4. Cooperate with the school district to increase the opportunity for recreational uses by effectively using both City and school-owned recreational facilities.
Policy PR 1.5. Plan for the acquisition of the undeveloped ridgeline and hillsides surrounding the City of Prosser to preserve them from development and provide for active recreational uses consistent with the preservation of open spaces as provided for in OS 2.3.
Open Space Goals and Policies
Open space areas can separate incompatible land uses; provide corridors in urban areas; protect stream and water courses; provide refuge for wildlife; provide linkage between schools, parks, and major areas of public activity; and buffer major roadways, as well as provide aesthetic relief from developed areas and preserve the natural character of the area.
Prosser has many unique features including the undeveloped hillsides surrounding the City. The ridgeline and hillsides are scenic resources that should be preserved for future generations. The potential for nature trails, recreation, open space and wildlife preservation are key quality of life elements for all Prosser citizens.
The Yakima River flows through the center of the City from west to east to its confluence with the Columbia River at Richland. The river corridor provides a greenway relief for the diversity of flora, migrating fauna and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Goal OS 2. – Provide for the preservation of open space and encourage aesthetic development and preservation of natural areas, historical resources, open space, and structural facilities.
Policy OS 2.1. Enhance the environmental and aesthetic qualities of the City.
Policy OS 2.2. Protect the views and features that are unique to the Prosser area.
Strategy OS 2.2.1. Provide buffers for sensitive areas.
Policy OS 2.3 Plan for the acquisition of the undeveloped ridgelines and hillsides surrounding the City of Prosser to preserve them from development that will fundamentally change the landscape and natural features of the area.