About 18 people, including Batesville Parks and Recreation Board members, attended a June 11 public input session.
The group met at the Liberty Park pavilion. “This is an opportunity for us to capture your ideas and desires for the parks,” said Eric Frey, Administrative Resources association, Columbus, executive director and a consultant to the city. “We’re trying to create this five-year strategic plan with goals and objectives .... The end result will be a document to help secure grants.
“The fun part is we go through the plan and see what was accomplished and what was not (over the past five years) .... We looked back at the old plan and found that a lot of things have been accomplished.”
He pointed out, “You have an aging population, but you’ve been adding park and recreational facilities for that .... (and) you have a diverse set of amenities in your community.
“We have around 90 surveys that have been completed, and there aren’t any real surprises.” Persons who have not completed the survey can do so until July 4. It can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BatesvilleParks.
Some of the items that have been suggested were listed on large sheets of paper and Frey invited those in attendance to add their ideas.
Member Bob Fitzpatrick and Mayor Rick Fledderman encouraged patrons to not only think of Liberty Park, but also the smaller city parks, Batesville Memorial Pool, Brum Woods, The Plex and Bill Gillespie Soccer Park.
In addition to those areas, Bob Mattucci noted, “The whole city is almost a recreational site in itself .... When we talk about projects, there are a lot of places that people consider recreational ... areas where people will run, walk, jog and bike. I think we should include everything that includes a quality of life.”
Fledderman revealed, “We are doing some things, combining a couple projects in relation to stormwater improvements, and along with that, we’ll include some of the sidewalks.