City of Tyler asking public for input to improve Parks and Open Space master plan

City of Tyler asking public for input to improve Parks and Open Space master plan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is asking for the public’s input to help improve its decade-old Parks and Open Space Master Plan, which would help guide decisions related to parks, recreation, and open space.

The master plan is a more detailed follow-up to the 2007 City of Tyler Comprehensive Plan, which is a document that sets out the vision, principles, and priorities for the City of Tyler for the next 20 years.

“It’s about 10 years old, so we really need to get it updated to ensure our citizens needs are being met,” said Stephanie Franklin, managing director of City of Tyler. “What are they interested in as far as our park system. But also, having an updated parks plan allows us to apply for grant funds.”

The first step of the process is to survey Tyler residents. City officials have created a questionnaire on the city’s website to gather input from residents. They survey closes April 15.

“It’s a series of questions asking them how do you feel about the park system, what do you feel we need to add, what do you feel we need to enhance, and ranking our facilities,” said Franklin.

Some of the projects the city has begun in recent years includes renovations at Bergfield and Hillside parks and construction at Legacy Trails. Franklin said many projects are born from the planning process that then go into implementation and become on-the-ground projects.

“I think it’s really important that our citizens take a look at [the master plan]. Quality of life obviously is important and why citizens want to live in this city,” Franklin explained. “We’re really encouraging; the more feedback we can get, the better for the success of the plan.”

If you’d like to give feedback on the City of Tyler’s Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, you can do so by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

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