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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Cleburne adopts Parks Master Plan with vision for future amenities

An illustration of Kirtley Park with playground next to Lake Pat Cleburne

The future of Cleburne parks could include a skate park, dog park, and more as outlined in the recently approved Parks & Recreation master plan.

The City Council adopted the Parks, Recreation, Trails & Open Space Master Plan at the April 27 meeting. The plan provides an outline for the future of Cleburne’s parks and recreation amenities and facilities.

"This plan includes many features people have been asking for, a skate park, dog park, amenities at Lake Pat, and I am eager for us to get started making this vision a reality,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, with your help we have a plan that is true to Cleburne."

The plan is an update of the 2009 Parks & Recreation Master Plan and also updates the 2009 Lake Pat Cleburne Master Plan to create one complete document. The City hired MHS Planning and Design to create a plan. The plan includes local feedback through 25 focus group meetings, one town hall meeting, and two public surveys.

The responses focused on several priorities for the future of Cleburne parks including enhancing and developing existing parks, acquiring additional park properties, constructing trails, upgrading existing facilities, and preserving natural open space.

The plan includes illustrated visions for what the city’s existing parks could look like in 10 years with new layouts, amenities, and more. The illustration for Kirtley Park by Lake Pat includes trails, a swimming beach, sand volleyball courts, boat ramp, paddle sport launch and fishing pier, an amphitheater, and more. The Hulen Park illustration shows a skate park, converting the tennis courts to basketball courts, a pickleball court, and more. The Buddy Stewart Park vision includes a disc golf course, dog park, nature trails, and more.

“I've taken this draft plan around and shown it off to people and people are excited about this,” Mayor Pro Tem Chris Boedeker said.

While the plan provides goals for the future, the city will work through the process of making these projects a reality. That process includes pursuing grant opportunities and other funding options for project construction.

See the plan online and flip through the various park illustrations

Watch the presentation

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