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City of Nacogdoches seeking public's input on parks master plan

The City of Nacogdoches maintains 500 acres of parks and trails, well over the average amount for cities its size. (Source: KTRE Staff) The City of Nacogdoches maintains 500 acres of parks and trails, well over the average amount for cities its size. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The City of Nacogdoches is asking on May 1 for public input for the development of its Parks Master Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff) The City of Nacogdoches is asking on May 1 for public input for the development of its Parks Master Plan. (Source: KTRE Staff)
For the past 8 months stakeholders, including PAL, have provided suggestions based on their group needs. Now it’s time for public input. (Source: KTRE Staff) For the past 8 months stakeholders, including PAL, have provided suggestions based on their group needs. Now it’s time for public input. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The City of Nacogdoches has been drafting and reviewing a Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan for eight months. Recreational groups have made suggestions along the way, but now it's time for public input.  

A master plan for Nacogdoches parks is a significant undertaking. 

"The city maintains over 500 acres in parks,” said Brian Bray, director of community services for the City of Nacogdoches. “I think the National Park Service recommends a 6 to 1, and we're at over a 10 to 1 acres per capita." 

The stakeholders are the users. 

"If there's an interest group in town, we've had a meeting with them,” Bray said.

Consultants heard the suggestions, including the one from PAL, the Parks Advocacy League.  

"We're really hoping to see that water features because we know from people telling us they are going to other places to play in their splash pads, so we really hope that splash pads and water features are at the top of the list,” said Brandi Cartwright, the vice president of PAL. 

They are good ideas, but they can't all be accomplished at once.

"And our meeting coming up on May 1 is where we're going to ask the public to help narrow those down from more of a want list to a needs list,” Bray said.

Bray said he is pleased all the stakeholders see maintenance as a top priority. 

"We need to make sure if we're budgeting for something, that we're also budgeting for the maintenance of the facility."

"I think PAL has been great with reminding our citizens that our stewardship is as important as the city's stewardship,” Bray said.

A sense of public ownership is evident at all Nacogdoches parks. As the city develops a master plan, the investment will continue to be important

Panel displays will be set up at the lobby of the Recreation Center and Library on May 1.

Informal comments, on a come and go basis, will be accepted beginning at 5 p.m. For those wanting more information, there will be a brief formal presentation at 6 p.m. A public hearing before city council has yet to be scheduled. 

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