City of Tucson Parks and Recreation seeks public input on five-year master plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

This July the department kicks off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

“Recreation and leisure opportunities are fundamental to a community’s quality of life,” said Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation. “We want to hear from residents about the types of programs, facilities and services they want the department to offer.”

The public process begins in July with opportunities for input through the project website https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/masterplan, or email to parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov. Stakeholder focus group meetings are being held from July through September 2015. The first round of community-wide open houses will be held in September. Please attend and share your ideas. For your convenience a public open house will be held in each City of Tucson Ward. Locations and times for the public open houses will be posted on the project website.

Questionnaires and a survey also are being developed to measure the usage and level of satisfaction with current facilities and programs, and to identify additional recreation and leisure needs.

Norris Design, the local consulting firm selected to assist and lead the planning effort, will conduct the public input process. For more information, email Julie Parizek, Norris Design, at parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov.

For more information and plan updates please visit the planning website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/masterplan or send an email to parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov. You can find Tucson Parks and Recreation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TucsonParksandRecreation or the City of Tucson on Twitter @CtityofTucson.

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