April 11, 2014 - 3:52 PM
The City of Vernon is developing a Park Master Plan following the shift of management of local parks from RDNO to the City on January 1 of this year. They are asking for the public’s input in order to develop a Parks vision to manage the local parks and outdoor recreation system responsibly in Vernon.
The parks and outdoor recreation survey measuring community satisfaction and priorities is the first opportunity for many to get involved. The survey is being mailed out in upcoming utility bills and is also available online. Residents will be able to share how satisfied they are with parks and outdoor recreation in the city, including what improvements or changes they would suggest.
“Everyone is an expert on their favorite park, trail or activity,” said Cleo Corbett, Long Range Planner for the City. “Whether people visit parks daily or just a few times a year, they will have important input for the Parks Master Plan process that will let us know where we are at, where we want to be, and the steps we need to take to achieve the vision set by the community. There are numerous public consultation activities planned for 2014 and we hope to get all of Vernon involved.”
Parks provide a multitude of benefits for residents, visitors, businesses and the natural environment. Community parks systems and outdoor recreational opportunities contribute to environmental health, community beautification, habitat protection and enhancement resulting in a higher quality of life for all. A parks and outdoor recreation system should be safe, equitably located, demographically relevant, habitat enhancing and physically accessible.
For more information and to participate in the survey, see www.vernonca/parks.
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