Future Park Planning
The Parks and Recreation Department is starting the process of systematic analysis and public outreach to determine site selection priorities for the next neighborhood park. In addition to presenting research and analysis data to the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department will host two public presentations in August to share this information with residents and garner feedback.
If you are unable to attend the public presentations, but would like to offer input, please submit an online form.
The information in the tabs below outlines project background, the criteria the Department has used to initiate the selection process and the potential sites currently being considered for development.
Upcoming Future Park Public Presentations
- Where: The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park
- Time: 6-7 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
- Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
Light refreshments will be provided. Presentations will begin promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.
The Town will soon select a site to develop the next neighborhood park. The Parks and Recreation Department anticipates developing five to eight acres of parkland within an allotted $2 million budget. Funding sources for the construction of new parks is different than the funding sources for the renovation of existing parks and construction of future recreation facilities. Read the Future Neighborhood Park Planning FAQ Sheet to understand the major questions surrounding the process.
The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation includes:
- New neighborhood park planning
- Rueter-Hess Reservoir access
- Repair, replacement and renovation at existing parks and facilities
- Open space and trails
- Facility study for indoor recreation facilities
- Recreation programming needs
- Business system / administrative needs
- Operations and maintenance
- Golf operations and maintenance
- Special events
Based the following criteria, five areas have been identified as potential development sites:
- Existing public recreation amenities
- Existing private recreation amenities
- Existing access to open space and trails
- Anticipated cost of development
- Recreation programming potential
- Current density / rate of growth, i.e. population the park site will serve
- Operational budget impact
View the detailed Neighborhood Park Planning Prioritization Matrix.