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Posted on: October 24, 2019

City hires firm to create Parks & Recreation Master Plan

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The City of Cleburne has hired a firm to create the plan that will guide the community’s park and recreation goals and facilities for the years to come.

The Cleburne City Council approved a contract to have MHS Planning and Design, LLC create the Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan at its Oct. 22 meeting. The plan will provide a 10-year vision and guideline for the future of Cleburne’s parks and recreation facilities.

MHS Planning and Design is a consulting firm that specializes in park planning and creating recreational spaces.

The City received six sealed bids and a selection committee, composed of city staff and city board members, reviewed the bids and scored them based on certain criteria. The selection committee then interviewed the two firms with the highest overall scores.

The committee and city boards recommended MHS as the firm that could best represent the City of Cleburne through the process. The Tyler-based company’s work in similar sized cities was one of the factors cited for their recommendation.

The City Council also approved the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the City Council regarding the master plan’s development. The committee will include City Council members, city board members, and city staff. The plan development process will include public input and more information about that process will be made available.

The plan will update the City’s community profile, review existing parks and recreation inventory and level of service, create a needs priorities list, develop recommendations and goals, and include an implementation schedule. The plan will also analyze the City’s maintenance and operation levels and suggest improvements, review and suggest changes to departmental ordinance, create a signage plan, create a trail development guideline, and review and recommend updates of the current Lake Pat Cleburne Master Plan.

The anticipated completion date of the master plan is about 10-12 months.

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