Glenwood parks and recreation master plan update underway
State lottery money is paying the way for Glenwood Springs to update its 10-year-old parks, recreation, open space and trails master plan.
An online survey went live this week asking residents to weigh in on what’s important to them in the way of parks and recreation programs and amenities.
The deadline to take the survey is July 23. After that, the city will arrange meetings with various focus groups on Aug. 2-3 to go over the results of the survey and begin the work to update the plan, said Tom Barnes, city parks and recreation director.
Money for the parks and recreation master plan update comes from a $40,000 Great Outdoors Colorado Grant, plus $20,000 from the city’s conservation trust fund. Both sources of money come from Colorado state lottery proceeds.
“We want as many people to take the survey as possible, so that we can provide our focus groups with some good information,” Barnes said. “It only takes about 15 minutes to do the survey.”
During the two days of focus group meetings, which will invite different interest groups to participate, time also will be set aside for general community input, Barnes said.
The city is working with GreenPlay consultants to update the master plan.
Outcomes of the 2006 master plan included implementation of a cost recovery program for the Glenwood Springs Community Center, continued work on trail connections throughout the city, expansion of the ice rink facility and completion of a performing arts center feasibility study.
The parks and recreation survey comes on the heels of a poll of city voters regarding plans by city officials to seek voter approval for extension of the city’s special 1 cent acquisitions and improvements tax.
That poll found that 79 percent of registered city voters would support a 20-year extension of the tax, and 83 percent would support a 30-year extension. Since it was first approved in 1998, the sales tax has helped pay for amenities including the Community Center, a new raw water irrigation delivery system and other municipal projects.
City Council is expected to decide in the coming weeks what type of question to put to voters this November regarding extension of the tax. The existing tax is set to expire at the end of 2018.
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