City seeks park user input for master plan

LINCOLN PARK — City officials are well aware of resident concerns about municipal parks. Making the city’s recreational facilities attractive is a big part of rebuilding a community desirable to both homeowners and businesses, and an updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan is currently being developed to address problems and outline solutions.

In cooperation with McKenna Associates, the city is conducting an online survey to determine resident needs and wishes, and will accept responses through Dec. 31. Senior Planner Adrianna Jordan said input is needed on facilities and offerings.

“As part of this effort they are conducting a public survey about the parks and recreation facilities and programs,” Jordan said.

Parks and Recreation Director Donald Cook said he hoped for strong participation in the survey to better gauge citizen thoughts as the city reshapes its five-year master plan that impacts park programming, infrastructure, budget and development.

Survey questions determine the frequency of visits made each year to the Kennedy Memorial Building, Community Center and more than a dozen parks. Resident needs are assessed by ranking the importance of certain park amenities, whether off-leash dog parks, playground equipment, sport fields, biking or hiking trails or other offerings.

The survey will be conducted online at by following a home page link; residents without computer access can obtain paper copies at the Parks and Recreation Department, Kennedy Memorial Center, 3240 Ferris St.

Once compiled the survey results will help guide a revised master plan to be implemented in 2013.