Edgerton residents attended the Park Master Plan meeting. Sept. 20 at Edgerton Community Hall. The master plan will determine how park land is used for the next 15 years. Discussion will include inventory and renovation plans for current parks, trails, and recreational facilities as well as recommendations for future parks, trails, recreational facilities and signage plans. Photo courtesy Edgerton Parks and Recreation
Trails, an aquatic park and a community center top the list of things Edgerton residents would like to have, according to information gathered through the Parks Master Plan.
Residents recently attended an open house regarding the plan, and park documents will be available for review and comment on the city’s website thru Oct. 12.
“The Park Master Plan will be the guiding document illustrating the community’s vision for investment in parks and recreation for generations to come,” said Don Roberts, Edgerton mayor. “The plan , the first of its kind for Edgerton, will serve as the city’s road map for improvements to existing parks/facilities, desired numbers and types of parks/facilities, and criteria for prioritization of projects as funding becomes available.”
As a part of the Parks Master Plan process, residents were surveyed to determine their top three priorities in parks and recreation, said Beth Linn, city administrator.
“We received over 100 completed surveys. That data showed the priorities as: 1 trails; 2 -aquatic center/splash park; and 3 -community center,” Linn continued. “We then used that data to consider possible locations for trail expansion and locations for both a future community center and aquatic facility. Additionally, we evaluated the opportunity for the community center to include a spray park to allow a more budget-friendly aquatic option for council to consider sooner than a full aquatic center. The spray park would still offer a fun summer amenity for kids at a much lower cost to both construct and operate/maintain.”
This summer, Edgerton did a pool shuttle once a week from mid-June through July. The pool shuttle averaged 12 kids per week with the largest week having 18 kids. The shuttle was free of charge with $2.50 entry into the Wellsville pool.
“Since Edgerton does not have an aquatic facility available to residents, the pool shuttle provided a method for kids to enjoy access this favorite summer activity,” said Linn.
The Parks Master Plan will be the framework for the city to use and develop as funding sources become available.
“I would envision two mechanisms for us to identify available funding,” Linn said. “The first mechanism is through a five-year capital improvement program which would assist the council during their annual CIP work session to prioritize parks projects and balance those projects with other needs. Most (if not all) outside grants available for parks and recreation purposes require a Parks Master Plan that illustrates the city’s vision.”
“This plan will allow the city to explore available grant funding for all types of parks and recreation projects,” Linn said.
The master plan will determine how park land is used for the next 15 years. It includes inventory and renovation plans for current parks, trails, and recreational facilities as well as recommendations for future parks, trails, recreational facilities and a signage plan.