Open house to focus on parks, trail needs

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By Nicole Jones

A public open house seeking feedback on the city’s future parks and trails plan will be conducted Aug. 14 at the Public Safety Building, 2555 Cullen Parkway.

The session is 5 to 7 p.m. in the second floor training room.

City staff, along with outside consultant Halff Associates, will present map boards and objectives, and attendees may participate in a mapping exercise and fill out a survey on the quality, condition and character of current parks, trails and sidewalks.

“To promote a two-way dialogue, city staff and consultants are also prepared to answer residents’ questions,” city leaders stated in a release this week.

Surveys are also gathering input online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pearland-ParksAndPaths

Questions include favorite aspects of parks and prioritizing amenities such as basketball courts, horseshoe pits, camping, splash pads and shade trees. The survey also seeks to find out why more people don’t use parks or don’t use them more often.

Halff Associates was selected in March to update both the parks plan as well as the city’s multi-modal master plan, which addresses trails, sidewalks, bikeways and connectivity.

“Halff was chosen in part due to the quality of workmanship they exhibited in similarly constructed multi-modal, trail and park master planning documents performed for peer cities and their high marks during subsequent reference referrals,” city documents state.

While the multi-modal plan examines trail, bike path and sidewalk networks, including a “gap analysis,” it also ties into the city’s master parks plan, which must be updated every five years to be eligible for grants.

The most recent parks master plan was approved by city council in November 2015.

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