The City of Fayetteville is invested in providing a thriving park system for all ages, abilities, and activities. The City is asking for the public’s help in building a strategic plan that will guide the future of park planning for the next decade. This strategic planning process will evaluate the existing conditions of the park network in Fayetteville and will identify areas for growth, improvement, and preservation. The natural beauty visible in Fayetteville’s parks, lakes, trails, and gardens attracts outdoor enthusiasts from every corner of the country. As our City has grown the park system has diversified and become an economic driver. This planning process will build on our progress and will ensure a vibrant park system for future generations. Whether you use Fayetteville’s parks for playing, running, biking, hiking, picnicking, or relaxing, we want your input. Together, let us Imagine Tomorrow’s Parks.
The city has hired Design Workshop to help create a new Park System Master Plan. This is the second phase of a planning process initiated by the City in 2018 that began with Imagine Tomorrow’s Parks, a preliminary community engagement and analysis effort conducted by parks staff.
The last park system master plan conducted by the City was in 2002 and not only have many of the recommendations from that plan been completed, much has changed in the city and region. The final Parks Master Plan, built on great public participation, will provide a broad roadmap to help guide the next ten years of park and recreation efforts in the city.
First Survey Results
The Parks and Recreation Department has completed its first round of public input for the Strategic Plan and is now taking input for round two. Findings from the first round of input include:
The most visited and favorite park is Wilson Community Park.
Trails, off-leash pet areas, open green areas, and places for family gatherings are some of the favorite recreational spaces and facilities.
Residents feel the parks system is well maintained with a slight need to increase the overall quality.
Respondents indicated funds should be distributed somewhat evenly between different classifications of parks, with a slight priority toward community parks and support for land acquisitions.