The comprehensive plan is 39 pages in length and defines the planning area, goals of the plan, and natural features and landscape. It also points out the man-made features, historical aspects of the parks and the cultural make-up of the population that live in the area along with the social and economic factors. The plan details public participation in the creation of a new plan along with the public survey results.
Park Board President Jim Causey explained that the current 5-year plan expired in 2005. He also noted that it was over 200 pages in length. He said that the new plan is a requirement of the IDNR (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) to be eligible for application for Land and Water Conservation Fund grant programs. He said they hope to use the plan as a springboard to apply for all applicable grants.
The vision of the park department and goals for the next five years include offering a level of service appropriate to the size and growth of the community. They want to provide new opportunities for exercise, fitness and wellness for the community at large and act as a central part of daily life in the community, providing a city identity and a focus for the people of Plymouth.
Two public input sessions were held with issues from the public showing interest in the creation of a new large splash pad and dog park. Folks were interested in extending the Greenway Trail; they want more benches, shelters, and gathering areas. There is great interest in developing the downtown park along with improvements to the restrooms and the possibility of partnering with the city to upgrade the pool.
The 5-Year Master Plan lays-out the priorities for 2011 through 2015. A fundraising drive is at the top of the list with development of the downtown park followed by the development of phase II of the Greenway Trail. Also on the list of priorities is an upgrade for the amphitheatre, development of ADA compliant walkways and an all inclusive playground. The list includes improve or develop a new pool area and create a splash pad.
The rough draft of the 5-Year Master Plan is available for public review by the citizens at the City Office, Park Department and at the Plymouth Public Library.