The plan, also referred to as Explore More Lewisville, will guide the development and management of the city’s parks, trails and urban tree canopy for the next decade, according to Lewisville City Council’s Feb. 20 agenda item. An implementation action plan will guide future expenditures for parks and recreation, trails infrastructure, tree canopy investments and open space considerations with a specific focus on providing a quality park within a 10-minute walk of each resident.
“We’ve come up with an incredible plan that will help make sure that all of our residents have the best chance to live healthy lives,” Lewisville Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Anaya said during a Feb. 6 presentation.
The Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department began working on the development of a master plan in 2021. The three-year process culminated in the council’s vote to adopt the plan at the Feb. 20 meeting.
An update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan was approved by the council and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in 2018. To maintain eligibility for park development grants, the plan must be renewed every 10 years and updated every five years or when a significant change impacts city operations and service delivery. A more rapid update was triggered by the annexation of Castle Hills in 2021, according to the city.
“[The new healthy infrastructure plan] is well beyond what we’re required to do. This plan is something that I'm really proud of and I think staff should be extremely proud of,” Council Member Kristin Green said.