Over the next year, the city will develop a Parks and Open Space Master Plan to lay out a framework for future projects that will expand and enhance the city’s facilities and programs. The plan will help prioritize these projects and find ways to develop new funding sources to complete those projects.
In the end, projects on the list could include things like refurbishing the Smith Park pool, creating pocket parks in the city, adding new playground and exercise equipment at existing parks and more. The plan will also help the city develop new and creative ways to better use the current spaces like the recreation center, including adding new programs or classes.
With endless possibilities, the city can’t make these decisions alone. Community input is extremely important for the planning process and residents and other park users will have many opportunities to give direction and share their dreams for the city’s parks and recreation programs and facilities. The city will make a strong effort to engage all community members, in multiple languages, during this process to get a true sense of the city’s parks, recreation and open space needs.
The city aims to complete the plan by October 2017.