Council Corner – Parks and Recreation Feedback

Throughout the last two months, we’ve been in the community reaching out for your input in creating a Parks Plan that reflects your needs and desires. Alongside us has been our team of city staff members and dedicated volunteers from the Parks Advisory Committee. We were overwhelmed with the amount of support and excitement everyone showed at having more control and influence in our parks system. Through our parks planning workshop, community events, and online engagement—nearly 600 people gave us their feedback! We want to thank everyone who provided their input to help shape our community’s Parks Plan.

We also wanted to take a moment to share a few key things we heard:

  • Residents like to use parks as a place to gather for community and family events.
  • People want their parks to be safe, clean, natural, and accessible.
  • The most talked about parks features are a swimming pool and walking trails.
  • Most people confirmed that a new community center, new community park, multi-purpose turf fields, and better trail connections are the top priorities for parks. Of those, most people said a new community center and better trails connections are the most important priorities.

What’s next?

The draft Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan based on your input is available to be reviewed on our city website.  It includes parks planning goals and objectives, a map of potential new parks sites, and a prioritized list of parks facilities and amenities to guide decision makers as they plan for parks over the coming decade.

Over the course of the next couple of months, the City Council will review the draft plan and recommendations from the Parks Advisory Committee and Planning Commission.

We still want to hear from you. Please stay engaged as we share information and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website.

Stay involved and informed

www.HappyValleyOR.gov/Parks

Facebook.com/HappyValleyParksandRec