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Parks Master Plan

A Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan is exactly what its name indicates. Parks typically refer to land dedicated to outdoor areas programmed for Recreation which refers to both active and passive recreation activities including ball play, jogging, picnicking, etc. Trails refer to pathways used for jogging, biking, walking, etc. and usually follow along a linear corridor or loop within a park. Much of greenbelt corridors for trails are open space lands that can be dedicated for conservation and preservation due to its ecological value, wildlife habitat quality, cultural significance, and its functional role to assist with flood management, etc. Trail corridors also provide opportunities for bird watching and wildflower viewing, and contemplation. Strategically dedicating land as open space can contribute significantly to attaining and preserving a sense of rural character in a city environment.
The 2008 Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan aims to:

  • Point out opportunities and recommends alternatives for improving the park system.
  • Look at the potential growth of the City over the next five to ten years, and assess where additional facilities will be needed as the City grows, and what types of facilities are most needed.
  • Guide City staff in acquiring land to meet current and future park and open space needs.
  • Prioritize key recommendations of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan so that the most significant deficiencies are addressed as quickly as possible.
  • Guide City staff and City leaders in determining where and how parks funding should be allocated over the next five to ten years.
  • The final version of the Parks Master Plan was adopted in April 2009.

Parks Master Plan

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