The City of Cleburne is in the process of choosing a firm to manage the development of its upcoming parks and recreation master plan.
Parks & Recreation Director Aaron Dobson provided an update on the development of a Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan at the July 9 City Council Meeting. The process is still in the early stages with the City choosing a firm that will organize the plan’s development.
“A master plan is able to articulate goals, policies, and priorities into a clear vision,” Dobson said.
The plan outlines the city’s vision and goals for the future of its parks, recreation facilities, and programs. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages cities to update the masterplan every 10 years. The city’s last masterplans were created in 2009. The city completed a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and Lak Pat Cleburne Master Plan. The city plans to combine the plans into one new plan.
The state department offers grant programs and the grant process favors cities with an updated and approved master plan.
The city received bids from several firms that will provide project management, public outreach, service levels analysis, trends and standards review and suggestions, operations analysis, community needs assessment, Lake Pat Cleburne Master Plan evaluation, plan development, and more. A selection committee, comprised of city staff and community members, will interview the firms in early August.
“A good masterplan will have a lot of feedback from the community,” Dobson said.
The firm will develop the plan with a goal to present a draft of the final plan to City Council in the fall/winter 2020 season.