Evansville seeks input from residents on parks plan

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staff, Gazette
Thursday, April 4, 2013

— Should Evansville have more soccer fields, playgrounds or recreation leagues?

The city is looking for input from residents to help shape the future of Evansville’s parks and recreation.

The city already has heard a lot of requests for more soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts, said Nicole Sidoff, community development director.

The input the city is gathering through an online survey and an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 31 S. Madison St., will help officials as they update the park and outdoor recreation plan, which was last updated in 2007, she said.

To be eligible for state and federal funding for park improvements, the city must have a park plan updated every five years.

Since 2007, many improvements have been made to the park system, including the dredging and restoration of Lake Leota and creation of West Side Park.

One addition expected this summer is a disc golf course in the upper portion of Lake Leota Park. Residents passionate about the sport campaigned for city approval for the project and have raised money to complete it, Sidoff said. The course should be ready this summer.

The updated plan will need approvals from the parks and recreation board and the city council. The goal is to have the plan adopted by July, Sidoff said.

Last updated: 10:29 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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