An online survey is being conducted now to solicit community input on park needs, possible projects and project prioritization. Answers will help the Batesville Parks and Recreation Board formulate a five-year master plan, required by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources when grant requests are made.
Batesville residents are urged to go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/BatesvilleParks to access the survey, which can be completed in less than five minutes, reported Eric Frey, Administrative Resources association, Columbus, executive director and a consultant to the city, who is assisting the board with the plan.
For those without computers or Internet access, paper copies of the survey also are available at the Memorial Building, Batesville Memorial Public Library and Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, BPRB members decided April 16.
Input on future park projects also will be gained in other ways. Public meetings to collect ideas and feedback will take place in July and August. Frey will ask questions, such as “What do you like about the parks? What are your biggest concerns?” While some persons will answer out loud, others will be able to write ideas on sticky notes, which will be posted on boards. That will allow certain issues to resonate based on numbers.
Frey told members, “I really want the board to give me their five biggest projects … what you would like to see included in this plan” by the May 21 meeting so citizens can help prioritize.
Coaches who use soccer, baseball and softball fields will be asked to complete brief usage assessments. “It’s an interesting perspective.”
In master plans, IDNR officials “really like to hear about acquisition plans … and if you’re looking at an expansion,” according to Frey. “If you have something unique about your community, whether historical or recreational, they like to see you play off of that.” The state department may consider grants for those projects.