The city of Henderson Parks and Recreation Board is requesting a consultant to create a parks and recreation 10-year master plan.
At Tuesday’s Henderson Board of Commissioners meeting, Trace Stevens, parks and recreation director, said creating a master plan for the parks is “something that has never been done.”
According to a document read by board members Donna Spencer and Dr. Melanie Lee and forwarded to the Hendersonian, the plan will include:
- incorporation of previous studies
- parks and recreation staff structure analysis
- parks ordinance and park policy review
- park funding analysis
- park inventory
- community recreation program analysis
- recreation service area map
- public input through meetings and statistically valid surveys
- stakeholder group input
- benchmarking comparisons to other similar park systems
- level of service analysis
“Once this data is gathered it will be used to construct a ten-year plan providing suggested guidance for future park operations, construction, maintenance, funding, and planning,” said the document. “These plans will also provide current benchmark data, service area analysis, and citizen generated input.”
Commissoners Austin Vowels and Rodney Thomas as well as Mayor Brad Staton said they were in favor of hiring a consultant to create this document.
The Parks and Recreation Board says that the city has used similar plans with great benefit, including the Downtown Vision Plan.