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City Council adopts Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan

March 28, 2016

Parks planThe Johns Creek City Council adopted the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan at the Monday, March 28 City Council Meeting.  

The newly adopted plan provides direction and options for planning, development, and refinement of the city’s recreation and parks system through 2026.

“This is a huge step forward for our recreation and parks system,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “The plan will provide the strategic guidance we need to foster the continued positive growth and development of our existing and future park land, and both passive and active recreation capabilities.”

The Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan serves as a guide for decision-making based on extensive research, experience, and community input. The plan aims to achieve a balance between the need to provide parks, facilities, and programs with the costs of securing the required land, development of specific recreational facilities, and increased operations.

“Over the last six months, the city purchased two large properties bringing total parkland to over 300 acres,” said Kirk Franz, Recreation Manager. “The adopted plan gives us direction to best develop and activate these new properties and our existing properties to ensure we continue providing exceptional programs, events, and facilities.”

In April 2015, the city partnered with Mack Cain Design Studios at Travis Pruitt and Associates to assist the city in development of the plan.  The six-month planning process included extensive community outreach: interviews, surveys, community meetings, and social media interactions. More than 1,500 individuals participated in the planning process. 

The adopted Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan is available on the city’s website, www.johnscreekga.gov.