Survey seeks input on Marysville parks

MARYSVILLE — What does the future hold for Marysville parks? That’s largely up to you.

The Marysville Parks and Recreation Department is embarking on a community-based update of its Comprehensive Plan that will guide planning and help identify future parks and recreation facilities needs.

The department is sending out 500 surveys to households randomly throughout city limits, said Jim Ballew, Parks and Recreation Director. Residents who receive the Community Recreation Survey are asked to please complete and return the survey.

“We are seeking public input and participation in this important process in order to best serve the community’s parks and recreation facilities needs of the future,” Ballew said. The survey consists of 21 questions and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Return postage is included with the mailing.

The Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan is an element within the city’s overall Comprehensive Plan required under the state Growth Management Act, and must be updated every six years to be eligible for state and federal grants.

Results will assist city leaders in understanding parks and recreation needs and demands within the community in the years ahead, said Ballew. Needs are determined based on current inventory of parks and open space, projected population growth, and what the community wants.

“Each survey recipient basically represents 100 residents within the community, so how you answer the questions carries a lot of weight,” Ballew said.

Please return to the Parks Department by 5 p.m. May 14.

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