Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 3, 2014

Public input sought for parks' plan

Community members are invited to attend two upcoming public input meetings where the information gathered will help Batesville Parks and Recreation Board members formulate a five-year master plan, required by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources when grant requests are made.

“The development of the ... plan aids in prioritizing projects and securing funding for improvements to our parks system,” reports President Tim Hunter. “Many recent improvements, including the walking/biking trail and The Plex baseball fields, were items that large numbers of residents highlighted as priorities during the community input portion of previous studies. The more people we have participate and provide feedback, the more reliable the results will be in developing the next five-year plan.”

Eric Frey, Administrative Resources association, Columbus, executive director and a consultant to the city, will facilitate the meetings. The first one will be Wednesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Park pavilion. Current park facilities, programming needs and new opportunities will be discussed.

A second is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building council chambers. It will include a summary of the first session, results of the public survey and prioritization of needs.

Frey encourages the public to attend one or both gatherings because “it’s important to know their wants, needs, desires (for the parks) ... and to include them in the plan.”

Persons can also voice their opinions through an online survey through Saturday, July 5, at 5 p.m. It can be accessed at Paper copies are also available at the Memorial Building, Batesville Memorial Public Library and Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

After the information is compiled, the director hopes “to have a draft by October or November. I’ll present it and an action plan for what activities are proposed. Once they (board members) give their approval, it will be presented to IDNR for their review .... I hope to have the final approved plan by January or February 2015.”

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