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The future of parks and recreation in Lincoln City

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OPEN HOUSE TO CHART THE FUTURE OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN LINCOLN CITY!

Lincoln City will host a public open house on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place. The topic will be the future of parks and recreation facilities in Lincoln City. Everyone is encouraged to drop in at any time during the open house to learn more about the planning and tell city staff and consultants what types of park and recreation facilities and activities are most important to them.

The City is in the early stages of creating a new parks system plan to guide the development and enhancement existing and future city parks, trails, recreational facilities and natural areas. The goal of the plan is to address the recreational needs of the community as it continues to grow and change over the next 20 years. One of the first steps is to understand the community’s priorities. The upcoming open house is a great opportunity to provide input f for the 2016 Parks System Plan.

The City has hired the landscape architecture firm GreenWorks to assist with updating the current plan, prepared in 2001. The 2001 Parks Master Plan has been valuable in guiding planning decisions and expenditures for parks and recreation during the past 15 years. In that time, the city has accomplished many of the plan’s recommended projects, including improvements to its parks and recreation center, and acquisition of open space. For example, the city has made an offer to purchase the former Taft Elementary School site to use for a park at the south end of the city. The city has acquired the Knoll, an open space that offers fabulous views of the city and coast. The city has changed demographically and has annexed the Roads End neighborhood. The 2016 plan needs to reflect these changes, consider improvements to better serve our residents, and identify ways to make our city more attractive and entertaining for our tourists, who are the City’s economic base.

The city expects to complete the new plan this fall, with an adoption by the end of the year. A project advisory committee, including the Park Board and representatives of organizations with a variety of community interests and perspectives will meet throughout the process to guide the planning process. More information about the process, including draft work products, meeting summaries, and other materials will be available on the City’s website – www.lincolncity.org. – as the project moves forward.
Everyone is encouraged to follow progress of the plan and participate in its preparation: add your name to a mailing list by emailing planning@lincolncity.org, and “LIKE” the project’s Facebook page: Lincoln City Park Plan.

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