The 2030 Georgetown Parks and Recreation Master Plan will provide vision and act as a guide for the next 10 years. MASTER PLAN? WHAT IS A The plan will: HUNTER TERRELLCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
searching to purchase land for that region. Likewise, by using tradi- tional capacity analysis, the plan advises that GPR add several recreational compo- nents throughout the city. Recommendations include adding a pool, a splash pad, a basketball court, an event space, two pickleball courts, trailheads, volleyball courts, large shelters, six play- grounds and seven turf areas to meet public demand. The plan also proposes an additional 75,000 to 90,000-square-foot indoor recreational space as well as updates to the existing recre- ation center. According to the city, the location of a new recreation center would be based on a secondary needs assessment of recreation across the city and possibly a bond election. “Maintaining our parks and recreation facilities and programming at a very high level is a priority and takes resources on an annual basis to maintain for our citizenry,” Parr said. GPR will budget for a max- imum of $95,000 to conduct a feasibility study related to indoor facilities within the next three years. Maintenance and Care Along with the need for new elements, the plan emphasizes the maintenance of existing amenities such as picnic tables, signage, benches and playgrounds. “It is important to take care of what we already have so we do not have to replace it
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and north of Williams Drive; Zone 3 is east of I-35 and north of Hwy. 29; and Zone 4 is east of I-35 and south of Hwy. 29. “Georgetown is seeing a lot of growth, but especially in [Zone 4],” Garrett said. With ongoing residential development in that region, GPR will proactively desig- nate time, sta ng and fund- ing in Zone 4. “I’m pleased to see the city identify District 7—a vast part of Zone 4—as an area that has been ‘signicantly under- served,’ something advocates like myself have been say- ing for years now,” District 7 write-in candidate Jaquita Wilson-Kirby said. “For areas like Pinnacle, University and Carlson parks being identied as areas where improvements and [Americans with Disabil- ities Act] accessibility will be prioritized, is very exciting.” Wilson-Kirby’s opponent in the May 7 election for the District 7 council seat echoed that sentiment. “Outdoor amenities and park space have been of huge value to my wife, myself and my two girls,” District 7 can- didate Ben Stewart said. “I value and appreciate all the work that our parks depart- ment has put into the 2030 Parks Master Plan as it will help us preserve recreational areas during this time of unprecedented growth.” With a tentative budget of $4 million and hopes to have a minimum of 50-75 acres, Garrett said GPR is actively
• Maximize department resources to further expand recreation opportunities throughout the city. • Emphasize ongoing and new partnerships with local entities.
• Update the inventory and analysis of indoor and outdoor facilities. • Become an important element of the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. • Meet Texas Parks and Wildlife Master Plan requirements.
• Provide an action plan tailored to the needs of Georgetown’s residents. • Utilize public feedback throughout development plans.
To ensure fair and reasonable recommendations, Georgetown Parks and Recreation divided the city into four quadrants to easily recognize where park components are needed. Among the highest priorities, the plan recommends new parkland (a minimum of 50- 75 acres) in Zone 4.
For the most part, Georgetown’s 14 largest parklands and facilities are spread throughout three of the four zones. The areas are described as larger regional parks, community parks, community pools and rec centers.
Chandler Park: 108 Spring Valley Road Garey Park: 6450 RM 2243
River Ridge Pool: 414 S. Ridge Circle Rivery Park : 1125 Woodlawn Ave.
Georgetown Recreation Indoor Pool: 1003 N. Austin Ave. Georgetown Recreation Outdoor: 1003 N. Austin Ave. San Gabriel Park: 445 E. Morrow St.
Blue Hole Park: 100 Blue Hole Park Chautauqua Park: 602 Rucker St. Georgetown Community Center: 445 E. Morrow St. Georgetown Recreation Center: 1003 N. Austin Ave.
Georgetown Tennis Center: 400 Serenada Drive Village Pool: 370 Village Commons Blvd.
Williams Drive Pool: 3201 Williams Drive
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