The city of Willow Park is in the process of implementing its first ever Parks Master Plan and is looking to get residents’ feedback at a town hall meeting being held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at city hall.

“It’s been in the works for a while and we’ve gotten all the surveys in, so this is the next step going forward,” WP Mayor Doyle Moss said. “I’m very excited and hopefully in the coming months we’re going to have something to move forward with for parks in Willow Park.”

WP Assistant City Manager Bernie Parker said a lot of families have expressed their excitement.

“We are excited to be in the middle of a process that ensures citizens and business owners in Willow Park have a chance to provide their feedback on what we do going forward,” Parker said. “We have a lot of young families let us know they are thrilled to see the city is working on opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

Parker said once all the feedback is processed, the Parks Master Plan Steering Committee will meet to begin sketching out a plan. 

“Willow Park first began this processes at the beginning of the year and reached out to residents with both a written and online survey this spring. Response was overwhelming — we received more than 400 surveys, which allows us to get a pretty good snapshot of public sentiment and desires,” Parker said. “But we didn’t want to stop there. We wanted to give the public a chance to meet with city staff and our planning partners to give face-to-face feedback, allowing for an interactive meeting. We hope the town hall on June 4 allows such an opportunity for Willow Park residents.”

Parks Steering Committee member and Place 2 council member Amy Fennell said it’s time for residents to enjoy prosperity.

“It’s time for Willow Park to enjoy some of the prosperity. The roads, those are being fixed and they’re a necessity, and the parks are a necessity for the health of the community,” Fennell said. “It will be nice to just enjoy it and have some place to play. This can’t get put on the back burner, we need to take action now.”

Parker said the city hopes to see a good turnout for the meeting. 

“Ultimately, this is a quality-of-life factor for our residents. This process provides our citizens with a chance to let the steering committee know what’s important to them, and what they want the priorities to be, such as playgrounds or walking trails,” Parker said. “As with any major undertaking, the city of Willow Park wants to make sure we have feedback from our stakeholders — particularly in the case of planning for parks and other public spaces, which will be used by both our residents and guests to our city.”

Fennell said it’s very important for people to either attend the town hall meeting or send in their statements.

“It’s important for as many people to show up or send in statements as possible because while this is a priority to some of the council, nothing speaks louder than the people,” Fennell said. “It’s much more effective and truly gets funded quicker. The more involvement, the faster it will go.”

The town hall will include brief presentations and results of the resident survey.

“So far, no plans have been made, so there isn’t any funding specified as of yet,” Parker said. 

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