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.