20-Year Parks Plan Sets Goals for City Recreation Areas

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Byline: CITY BEAT/SPRINGFIELD By Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

What should the parks of Springfield look like in 20 more years?

You can help answer that question at a public hearing Wednesday night, when the Willamalane Park & Recreation District Board of Directors holds a public hearing on the final draft of its 20-year Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan.

Two years in the making, the plan sketches out creation of everything from traditional urban parks to natural-area parks and trail systems.

The biggest project envisioned in the plan, a sports complex at 32nd and Main streets, is already under way. In addition, the plan proposes development of Lively Park as a full-featured community park.

"We are proposing developing it more for community park usage," said Rebecca Gershow, park planner with Willamalane. "We're potentially doing an outdoor water play feature similar to what's at Amazon, a playground, a picnic shelter and group facilities."

The full draft of the plan is available on the Web at www.willamalane.org/a_aboutus/comp_plan.htm. It can also be reviewed at the Willamalane offices at 200 S. Mill St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday's board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St.

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