Georgetown Parks and Recreation Master Plan underway

Public input will be used to guide the new parks and recreation master plan. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Public input will be used to guide the new parks and recreation master plan. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

Public input will be used to guide the new parks and recreation master plan. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

A new parks and recreation master plan is underway in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department held a virtual public forum May 24, the first step in developing the plan, at which residents gave input on what they would like to see prioritized. The city is working with GreenPlay LLC to develop the plan.

“The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Master Plan will provide a vision for the department and act as a guide for the next 10 years,” GreenPlay Project Manager Dan Seder said. “This community-driven plan will establish a clear direction to guide the department in the growth, development and enhancement of the community’s parks, public spaces, recreation programs, services and facilities.”

During the forum, resident prioritized the following:

  • greater focus on pickleball programs and improved pickleball facilities;

  • run, walk and bike trails;

  • CPR training;

  • accessible restrooms;

  • outdoor education; and

  • facility improvements.

Public input from the forum will be used to create a community survey that will be randomly mailed to residents, Seder said. After two weeks the survey will become available online for residents to fill out, he added.

The parks and recreation department said during the planning process, staffers hope to use community engagement to create a clear 10-year vision for the department; provide an action plan with concise and innovative recommendation to achieve the vision; update the inventory and analysis of indoor and outdoor facilities to position Georgetown to build on its unique charm and character; maximize department resources to further expand recreation opportunities throughout the city; and meet the Texas Parks and Wildlife Master Plan requirements, among others.

The master-planning process is expected to be completed by January.
By Fernanda Figueroa
Fernanda Figueroa graduated from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Fernanda now covers government and education for the city of Georgetown.


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