Valpo Parks may be more than 75 years old, yet it continues to reinvent itself, adding properties and experiences, such as the recently opened ValPAWraiso Dog Park on Campbell Street and the Creekside Trails cycling pathway on the city's south side, while continuing to make major investments in legacy parks like Bicentennial and Tower in the last several years. To ensure Parks continues to stay at the forefront of recreation for residents and visitors, Valpo Parks is launching a new Master Plan process in 2020, looking to the community for the best ideas.
"Some of our best ideas have come from collaborations, like ValPlayso and the new Dog Park," said Parks Director John Seibert. "We're interested in learning what our community likes best and where they want us to place priorities for the coming decades," he said.
The Master Plan process is designed to:
1. Identify the community's ideas for needs and priorities for Parks properties and programs
2. Identify funding priorities and income streams to ensure sustainability
3. Create the plan that determines what gets done
Public Forums - Please share your ideas!
To make it easy for the public to participate, the public forums will be a combination of in-person and online opportunities. Here are opportunities to participate:
Beginning in August, the public will be encouraged to weigh in via an online survey
Multiple virtual and in-person neighborhood meetings will be hosted in August
Plan updates will be shared at Valpo Parks Board meetings on Sept. 22, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, and public comment is welcome
The final plan will be presented to the Valparaiso City Council in November.