"[The firm is called] GreePlay. They're a nationwide organization that specifically does needs assessments, master plans, and things like that for parks and recreation," said John Bentley a chairperson on the Park Advisory Board and Board Liaison to the Needs Assessment.
This is the first time the city has offered a survey in regards to parks and recreation, which will cost about $50,000 to put on.
"This is a first for us, so it's very exciting,” said Bentley. “We don't just want the folks that use the park all the time. What does the silent majority want? How do we reach them?"
Through focus groups, community stakeholder interviews and a general survey, GreenPlay will gather feedback on the city's parks and recreation faculties and program opportunities.
"We’re trying to reach as many folks as we can with these venues, because everyone's opinion counts. This plan is going to go for the next five to seven years,” said Bentley. “We want everyone's interest because we want our parks to be for the folks."
Currently, there are 270 acres within the park system; 170 acres in
"We want healthy, safe parks that the citizens of