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Johns Creek Parks Master Plan to gauge needs, plot recreational future

May 26, 2015

park playgroundThe City of Johns Creek is working on a parks master plan and is calling on Johns Creek residents to share their thoughts on what should be included in the recreational blueprint for the next 10 years.

“Rather than just applying the National Recreation and Parks Association standards to determine the number of parks facilities we need, we will be taking a holistic view of recreation amenities provided in and around our community,” said Assistant City Manager Kimberly Greer, the project manager. “Our approach will be driven by a community-based, in-depth public involvement process and by data gathering.”

A consulting team of parks and recreation experts spent April gathering data and speaking with recreation providers and athletic organizations. To hear from park users, the City mailed 4,000 postcards to randomly selected households citywide. Recipients are urged type in the link, access code, and take the survey.  An open access version of the survey is also available.

The consultants, Mack Cain Design Studios at Travis Pruitt and Associates, will also be available to hear from the public at Newtown Park during pre-concert festivities at the Amphitheater at Newtown Park on Saturday, June 20.

After analyzing the feedback, the team will craft preliminary recommendations, which will be presented at another public workshop double-header on Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at Johns Creek Fire Station 62, and again at 6:30 p.m. at Park Place at Newtown Park.

Feedback can also be emailed directly to the project team, led by Kimberly Greer, assistant city manager by emailing Kimberly.Greer@JohnsCreekGA.gov or by calling 678-512-3200.

The City conducted a parks master plan in 2009, but with a history of operating recreation programs and facilities, the City wants to re-assess and update its plans for capital improvements for the next 10 years.

The draft report is tentatively expected to be presented to the Mayor and City Council on Aug. 24 with a final plan possibly ready by the Sept. 14 regular City Council meeting. Both meetings will include opportunities for public comment.