NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Parks are everywhere in East Texas, but many of us may not realize the constant care and upkeep some of them need.
Park goer Cassy Ellis said that parks are a special place for people to go and enjoy themselves.
"People love to come here and play and attend the festivals that we have here, which is why we need to keep them maintained and updated to help draw tourism to our city." Ellis said.
The city of Nacogdoches has just begun making headway on a new 6 month parks master plan process to improve these locations.
The city of Nacogdoches planning director Larissa Philpot said they're looking at the big picture when it comes to this process.
"The purpose of all this is to provide a plan for parks, trails and sports facilities in the near and long-term future." Philpot said.
This would be the city's second parks related plan, the first was accepted about 15 years ago, but there were some pretty lofty goals set back then that were just unachievable.
"Something we're focusing on really heavily on in this plan is goals that are actually achievable for the city." Philpot said.
The town will be holding discussion meetings sporadically throughout the next 6 months to gather feedback about what the community really wants and where they think their focus should be.
"The trails and even the facilities could stand to be updated as well as handicap, making the parks more accessible for patrons with disabilities." Ellis said.
One thing the city is also keeping in mind is that bigger is not always better.
"It's great to have a lot of parks but if we have too much it's difficult to maintain all of that so we always want to keep that as a part of the plan so that we make sure we're maintaining what we have." Philpot said.
Community and focus group feedback is vital in order for this new plan be successful when it goes before the council next year.
"We want to make sure that the plan reflects what the community wants and needs and not just what staff thinks the community wants and needs." Philpot said.
People are also encouraged to attend the monthly park plan meetings as well as take the online survey that's available online by clicking here.