City invites input on parks, recreation priorities
By Pat Sunderland
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:30 am
Montrose has a kayak park. Palisade is working on the "plunge." The City of Delta doesn't want to copy those ideas, but is looking for unique features to enhance its parks, open space and trails.
"We only have so many dollars and a small staff," said Wilma Erven, director of parks, recreation and golf for the City of Delta. "Should the funds be used for maintenance or should we build something new?"
Area residents are invited to offer their input during an open house Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
This will be an opportunity to brainstorm one-on-one with city staff and the consultants hired to complete a master plan for the city's parks, recreation, open space and trails.
The contract for the master plan was awarded to the firm of Logan Simpson, which will also be preparing a survey to be sent to over 3,500 households in the city.
The goal of the open house and the survey is the same -- to define community priorities for outdoor recreation amenities and determine the best use of limited funding.
The county is embarking on a similar planning process, and both governmental entities expect their consultants to work together to create plans that dovetail with one another.
Like the county, the city will also be seeking input from citizens through a series of public meetings this summer. Unlike the county, the city plan will take into consideration the golf course and existing trails and parks. Within the city limits, there are 427 acres of park land, as well as five miles of developed trails in the city.
As part of the plan, the consultant will be required to provide potential locations, sizes and estimated costs for construction of any new additions within the city. A major component of the plan will be the maintenance of facilities/trails/open space that are currently being utilized.
The intent is to have the preliminary master plan completed by this fall, so city staff and council members can prioritize the community's needs/wants as they budget for future years.