City seeks input in survey on Madras parks
With a $33,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the city of Madras is partnering with the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement at the University of Oregon to update the city's 20-year Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan.
The Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan will guide future investments in parks and open space as the Madras grows and changes over time. As part of the project, the community is being asked to participate in an online survey to help the city plan for the future.
"We want the input of our community," said Jeff Hurd, Public Works Department director for the city of Madras. "We set up a booth in Sahalee Park on the Fourth of July seeking input, we've got this online survey now, and we'll be hosting open houses in the future. Parks are meant to be enjoyed and used by everyone, so we want everyone's input."
The Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan was last updated in 2004, and since then, several improvements have been made to parks in Madras. Many were large improvements, such as the expansion and improvement of Sahalee Park, the expansion of the Willow Creek Trail system, and the Madras Bike and Skate Park, to name a few. Others were more subtle, such as the addition of playground equipment or seating areas, and upgrades to restroom facilities.
"Looking back helps us look forward," said Madras Mayor Royce Embanks. "Looking back 14 years to 2004, the input from our community helped create what we have today. In 2032, the community will be looking back to the input we provide today. This is why we feel it is so critical to receive as much community input as is possible."
For more information on the master plan and a link to the survey, visit www.ci.madras.or.us and click on the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan alert at the top of the Home page.