Georgetown now has a 10-year master plan for its parks, recreation offerings, and open spaces.
City Council unanimously approved the plan during its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 22. The plan identifies multiple improvements and additions to the City’s parks and recreation offerings, including a new park on the southeast side of town, more trails, a skate park, and a recreation center, as well as improvements and expansions to existing programs and features.
“I’m proud of the work done by the council, our community, City staff, and the consultant to put together such a proactive, comprehensive blueprint for where we can improve our parks and recreational activities in Georgetown,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said. “I’m excited for residents to see the great work to come.”
The recommendations laid out in the plan vary from improvements that can be done relatively quickly using existing funding — such as updating existing parks and adding parks to City-owned property — to upgrades that will require phases and potential bond elections. The plan was based on the community’s priorities and values for recreation programs and services, including input from four public meetings and an open survey that received 2,036 responses, as well as 16 staff and stakeholder meetings.
Parks and Recreation Master Plan development
Work on the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Master Plan began in April 2021. The City engaged the services of GreenPlay, a parks and recreation management consulting firm, to assist in its development. In August 2021, the team presented results from the mailed and open surveys, data collection from facility and park inventories, and other project analyses. The draft master plan was presented to City Council during its Nov. 9 workshop. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board helped develop the plan and approved it in January 2022. The Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council reviewed and ultimately approved the plan in January and February 2022. The plan is an element of the City’s Comprehensive 2030 plan.