Public input needed for parks master plan

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lewisburg residents will get a chance to help chart the future of their parks system.

The city will host the first public meeting for the development of a parks master plan on Tuesday, Jan. 15, starting at 6 p.m. at Greater First Baptist Church on N. 6th Avenue.

This first meeting will be an examination of the current park and green space offerings provided by the system.

Resident input is needed to shape the direction and future needs of the community, where park facilities are concerned.

Besides providing clarity on what residents want or need from their parks system, the master plan will improve the city’s ability to seek outside funding for the parks system.

“We have to have a parks master plan in order to get the grants we need to fund it,” said Parks Director Cary Whitesell, who noted that the city had lost out on grants in the past because the city did not have a long-term plan.

Two for the city’s consultants, Common Ground and HFR Design, will be facilitating the planning. Common Ground will be assessing the current state of the system overall as well as forecasting future needs based on the growth of the city.

HFR will handle design and requirements at the individual park level.

“We need Lewisburg to tell us what they’d like to see now, and in the future, so that we can continue to offer one of the best park systems in our region,” said Whitesell.

Another public forum will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, also at 6 p.m.