City seeks input across the community to plan the future of Austin's park system
On the heels of the “Our Parks, Our Future” series of community meeting, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is launching an online survey to gather feedback for Austin’s Park and Recreation System Long Range Plan. This comprehensive survey will allow community members to share their thoughts about their local neighborhood park, metropolitan parks, and all of PARD’s facilities.
Developed every ten years, PARD’s Long Range Plan provides a blueprint to guide acquisition of new parkland and improvements to parks, facilities, and programs to better serve the community and meet growing demand.
PARD now manages more than 300 parks and more than 200 miles of trails. As Austin’s population has boomed, growing more than 20% since 2010, PARD has been challenged to provide enough parkland for new and existing residents. In 2018, Austin’s parkland per 1,000 residents will fall to 20 acres, down from 23 acres in 2014. PARD hopes that by planning now, they can reach their goal of 24 acres per 1,000 residents by 2028. Additionally, the future of the Austin’s park and recreation system is impacted by shifting trends in recreation and the emergence of more sustainable park practices.
The survey will run for two months through the end of January 2019. PARD anticipates more than a thousand responses and hopes that community members from all backgrounds will participate.