Master plan input sought in gathering by city P&R on Tuesday

By LARRY C. BOWERS larry.bowers@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 6/19/17

Cleveland officials will be seeking input from city residents on Tuesday evening for assistance in compiling a master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Master plan input sought in gathering by city P&R on Tuesday

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Cleveland officials will be seeking input from city residents on Tuesday evening for assistance in compiling a master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Petitt, Assistant Director Dan Hartman, and others, will be entertaining the general public in a 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Cleveland/Bradley County Public Library, 795 Church St. N.E.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and provide input on the city’s proposed master plan for the department.

This master plan will be used to guide in the development and re-development of the city’s recreation facilities, assets and programs.

Petitt said she and her staff are excited about the opportunity to discuss the future of recreation and sports for Cleveland, one of the fastest growing municipalities in the nation.

She emphasized that with the city’s steady expansion, growth and planning for the Parks and Recreation Department is very important, just as it is with growth and expansion of other city services, such as first responders (police and fire), public works, planning and engineering, and others.

Tuesday’s information gathering is expected to be similar to the recent community meetings held in each of the five respective districts of the city. In those meetings, and in a grand finale at the Museum Center at Five Points, feedback was collected from residents on perceived needs of the community.

City staff members have compiled information from those meetings, and from 1,076 surveys, concerning a number of issues. That report is expected to be released to the general public in July, and the information will be used by the Cleveland City Council in determining projects and plans for the future.

Among those survey inquiries, and in discussions at the community meeting, were comments about the Parks and Recreation Department, and possible improvements to it.

There are already some major projects being planned by Parks and Rec for the coming year. Two major projects are the $1 million tennis complex at Tinsley Park, and Blythe Park and facilities in South Cleveland.

The city received a $500,000 matching grant from the state for the tennis project, which will be built at the site of the current Tinsley facilities. The present tennis courts will be utilized through the summer, with construction of the new, eight-court facility to begin later this fall. There will also be another pavilion built at the tennis complex.

The new Blythe Park will include a playground, basketball court, and all-purpose recreation field.

All of the city Parks and Rec facilities are expected to be discussed at Tuesday evening’s meeting, as well as program. Attendees will be encourage to provide a “wish list” for the community’s recreation needs. Staff is expected to discuss the local effort of providing additional mobility opportunities with walking and cycling trails.

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Ideas and concerns will be discuss, with the probability that several of these suggestions will be included in the city’s master plan for the department.

For more information about the meeting, call 423-479-4129.

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