July 27, 2021
Contact: Ted Jack
Parks Planning Superintendent
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input on Parks Master Plan
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The City of Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation Department is embarking upon a process to develop a new master plan for the future of the City’s parks and is inviting Fayetteville residents to weigh in on what they’d like to see. A new public questionnaire is now available on Speak Up Fayetteville, the City’s public engagement portal, and Parks is asking residents to take a few minutes to complete it. The online questionnaire is available at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/speakup.
This is the second round of community outreach regarding the future of Fayetteville’s parks. It is being conducted in partnership with Design Workshop, ETM and the National Research Center. The first round of outreach was conducted in 2018 and was designed to give City staff insights into how Fayetteville residents were using and accessing parks and which parks and park features were the most popular. This new round of outreach is intended to learn what residents feel to be the most pressing needs for the parks system, how they prioritize those needs and what should be the focus of planning for the future. The questionnaire should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete.
“The last time we had a full master plan for parks and recreation was in 2002, and while that plan garnered us some significant improvements to our parks system, a lot has changed since then,” said Parks Planning Superintendent Ted Jack. “Fayetteville is growing quickly, and our region is changing, as well. It’s important that we learn what our residents feel is important in order to be sure that we meet their needs and wants for the park system as we move forward. With good input from the community, we can develop a great plan that will guide us for the next ten years.”
In addition to the online questionnaire, Parks staff will be holding drop-in information sessions and questionnaire stations at several upcoming events, including:
- Gulley Park Summer Concert, Gulley Park: July 29, 7 – 9 p.m.
- CDBG in the Park, Walker Park: July 30, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- National Night Out, Wilson Park: Aug 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
Additional pop-up information sessions will be planned for the future.
For additional information about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, including results of previous questionnaires and additional resources, visit the City’s website at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/imagine.