At the November 26, 2018 City Council Meeting, Council approved a Resolution of Support for the 2018 Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan. As the New Year approaches, the Parks & Recreation Department is excited and ready to begin implementation of a number of priority initiatives emerging from this report, which include:
- Conducting a multi-generational indoor recreation facility feasibility study.
- Initiating the design and construction process for replacing the Devon Pool mechanical building, as well as making upgrades to the pool deck and toddler pool.
- Addressing sports field needs, which will include work to identify options for improving playability within the existing network of sports fields, and efforts to identify the potential for new fields through partnerships or land acquisition.
- Reed Road Park improvements which will include field drainage improvements and replacement of the playground.
- Addressing the needs of the Northam Park Tennis Courts, to include an assessment of the tennis program, existing conditions of the tennis courts and the support building, followed by a design process for court upgrades and support building improvements based on results of the assessment.
- Conducting necessary repairs and upgrades to the Tremont Park fountain.
- Establishing standards for park furnishings and beginning a phased replacement process.
- Widening the sidewalk at Northam Park at the location of the new Petro Plaza, by the Northam Road park entry area.
- At Mallway Park, pending Council support of the proposed Veterans Plaza project, the department will initiate detailed design work for the Veterans Plaza, with associated park improvements.
I wish to thank all who participated in this extensive review and strategic planning process. The work of PROS Consulting was extremely detailed, providing invaluable insight about recreation trends and the desires of our residents, as well as objective assessments of existing conditions within our park system. Staff in the Parks & Recreation Department, led by Director Debbie McLaughlin, spent many hours in addition to their regular duties to help gather data, provide insight to the consultants and facilitate the many opportunities for public input. The Community Affairs Office provided its usual high standard of support, sharing updates with the community and encouraging resident participation at all stages in the process. Last but by no means least, the fact that this process solicited approximately 3,000 points of input from residents—through focus groups, public meetings and surveys—speaks volumes about the level of interest and involvement of our community as we set forth a guiding vision for our cherished park system.
The entire Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan process included extensive community engagement, and this will continue as the City begins to work on implementation. We encourage you to stay informed and to participate in next steps. An easy way to be sure you will receive updates is to register for our e-newsletter—click here now.
For more on the process and to view the plan documents, click here.