Planning and Projects

Keep up to date on all the updates and projects happening in Pullman's City Parks! Visit the Playground Updates page for all the latest information on park playground updates happening right now! 

Five Year Comprehensive Plan: 

The City of Pullman, Parks, Facilities, & Recreation Comprehensive Plan is intended to lay the groundwork for the future of the city park and recreation system. The plan is designed to supplement the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. It expands on the information contained in the “1999 Comprehensive Plan” and “2018 Comprehensive Plan Update: Existing Conditions and Future Forecast, Final Technical Memorandum” by providing significantly greater detail regarding the inventory of parks and recreation activities and facilities. This plan inventories existing parks and identifies future park and recreation needs, explores park rehabilitation issues, outlines parks, facilities, and recreation management and operations, discusses recreation program and services issues, and identifies parks, facilities, recreation, and open space goals and objectives.


The City of Pullman, Parks, Facilities, & Recreation Plan establishes a process that provides guidance on the management and development of the recreational services, parks, trails, squares and triangles, and other open spaces. This plan serves to unite the system into a coordinated network that reflects the needs and recommended priorities for the benefit of both the city residents and the many visitors over the next 5-20 years.

2019-2024 Parks, Facilities, and Recreation 5 Year Comprehensive Plan APPROVED 2-25-2020.pdf

Five_Year_ Pullman_Parks_and_Recreation_Plan 2008-13.pdf

Approved Projects

Band Shell/Portable Staging
Instead of pursuing a permanent structure at Sunnyside Park, purchase of a mobile platform that can be used for multiple events (i.e. Lentil Festival, Concerts in the Park, Fourth of July, etc.) is currently being undertaken. The first bid was higher than expected so the stage design was modified to reflect the budget and should be put out to bid before the end of 2019. The hope then is that the stage would be built during the winter and then delivered in the spring of 2020. The funding for this project are being taken from the replacement bond fund. 
Completion of Mary's & Emerald Pointe Parks
Mary’s Park: The creation of an all-inclusive (ADA) playground has begun. The rest of the project would include a paved parking lot, restrooms, and a shelter. The park would also include a wetlands mitigation interpretive area, children’s garden, and demonstration garden. The existing house and barns would be demolished.
Emerald Pointe Park: Development would include playground, shelter, restrooms, and a paved parking lot. These projects are currently ongoing and will also be funded from the bond monies.
Replacement of Kruegel Shelter


The original shelter was constructed by the Lions Club over 40 years ago. Roof repairs were carried out by Parks staff and Real Life Ministries volunteers several years ago to extend its safe use. A new structure similar to those at Sunnyside and Terre View Parks is being proposed. We would also like to add ADA route improvements from the parking area to the shelter and to the restrooms. Funds for this project are being taken from the bond funds.

Reaney Park Improvements

Restrooms & Shower Building Upgrade -The interior and exterior restrooms and changing rooms have not been updated since the early 1960s. Renovation and improvements to the shower building were identified as a high priority in the City’s revised ADA Transition Plan. Presently, handicap porta-pots must be leased as park restrooms do not meet ADA Standards. The new proposed layout would include toilets, sinks, and shower replacements.

Pool Liner - The diving tank pool liner was installed in 1997 to mitigate water loss from concrete cracks. The liner has exceeded its useful life and is in the process of being replaced prior to failure. The project requires the removal of the existing liner, concrete repairs to the walls, and placement of a new liner. This project is currently being undertaken, but is on hold due to the lack of a concrete subcontractor. The hope is that this portion of the project will be completed in the spring of 2020. Funds for the improvements to Reaney Park and Reaney Park Pool are being taken from the bond as well.

Lawson Garden "Garden House"
*The bids taken to begin construction are well over budget and the original projected cost. The City is currently looking at other options, so construction progress has been delayed.*

The Lawson Garden's Garden House would be a meeting and event center that would overlook Pullman’s only formal garden. Use could include wedding receptions, local civic group meetings, family reunions, and other special events. Currently the Garden House is half funded by a Lodging Tax grant.

Current & Completed Projects

ADA Improvements to Sunnyside Park


A new ADA pathway was constructed in the summer of 2019 connecting the Cedar Street Parking lot to the shelter and restroom facility in Sunnyside Park. The loop pathway around the Sunnyside lower pond was also paved to make it more accessible to those with disabilities, as well as mothers pushing strollers who are more able to enjoy the park and pond. These projects were funded with a combination of bond, metro and utility funds.

Resurfaced Tennis Courts/Construction of Pickleball Courts in Kruegel and Sunnyside Parks


Work began in the Spring/Summer of 2019 to resurface the existing tennis courts at Kruegel and Sunnyside Parks in conjunction with the construction of adjoining Pickleball courts at both parks. The project came to be based on a need based study the Parks & Recreation department did in (year) asking for public comment on the recreational needs of the community, which highlighted a recurrent theme of a desire to have accessible Pickleball courts. Thus, plans were designed and executed to create even more opportunity to recreate and enjoy the current available facilities. The newly refurbished tennis courts and new Pickleball courts were dedicated on September 20, 2019. Funds for this project were taken from Capital Improvement and Metro Parks funds.

Reaney Park Pool Liner Replacement


After Reaney Park Pool was closed for the summer season, the pool liner was removed and the dive pool was prepped for a replacement liner to be placed. The project is on hold as a subcontractor needs to be obtained to do the repair work on the concrete border and pool ladder supports around the dive pool. We hope to have the project finished in the Spring of 2020. The money to complete this project were taken from bond funds.

Mary's Park Improvements


The completely ADA playground equipment for Mary's Park was received in March of 2019 and the site preparations started to take shape July 2019. The train playground structure has been assembled and placed at Mary's Park, while the second piece of equipment, a forest structure, will be placed in the spring of 2020. Then a soft ground covering will be placed under both structures in 2020 as well and all the finishing touches on the playground design will wrap up in the fall of 2020. The funds for Mary's Park have come from a combination of bond money and the $25,000 donation from the local Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club is also pledging to match donations for Mary's Park for up to $5,000.00. Thank you for your generous support!

Pedestrian/Bike Path Development


The bike path development project started by paving the Itani Linear Path from Center St. to the Sunnyside Park Shelter and the Cedar St. parking lot. The goal is to create a path from Copper Basin Development, through the Conservation Park, to Darrow St., and on to Harrison St. Plan and develop sections of the trails to the new Kamiak Elementary School as development occurs. Funds for this project are provided through the bond.

City Playfield Upgrades


The proposed plan was to add 6 new dugout structures to Wiley, Bowman, and Thatuna fields. We are also replacing and upgrading the existing storage and 3 scorekeeper boxes. There are 3 backstops and fencing that are being replaced as well. The project also includes adding an adult fitness component along the pedestrian path. Funds for these projects will be taken from the bond.

Pictures of the current project progress can be found in the gallery.