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Osceola County seeks input from residents on parks master plan

Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

Osceola County is seeking citizen feedback for its Parks Master Plan, which will provide policy direction and address funding priorities as leaders examine the areas where parks and recreation spaces should be provided for residents.
“The mission of Osceola County Parks is to promote quality-of-life experiences that will enhance the health and well-being of our residents and visitors; and, as our population continues to grow, the county is working to update its Parks Master Plan,” said Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington. “Improving our quality of life is a key factor in moving Osceola forward and building an even better county for everyone.”
A critical component in creating a great plan is gathering input from residents about parks and recreation opportunities in the county. There are two efforts underway so the public can be part of the planning for parks in their community: public meetings and an online survey. Public meetings will take place at various venues in the county to seek comments and input from residents and visitors on priorities they may have for their county parks.
“The public outreach component of the Parks Master Plan will provide critical information essential to gauging community values, needs and priorities, and demographics to better plan and prioritize investment in Osceola County parks and recreation infrastructure,” Arrington added.
The community meetings will be held between 6-8 p.m. at the following dates and location:
• Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6, Osceola Heritage Park – IFAS Extension, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee.
• Thursday, June 8, Bellalago Academy, 3651 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee,
• Thursday, June 22, The Rock Church, 5515 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee,
Additionally, the county has commissioned a Parks Master Plan Survey as a component of the public outreach process. The survey can be accessed at www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/parks/master-plan.stml and through our County Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OsceolaCountyFL), in addition to physical copies being available at the public outreach meetings. Some of the questions from the survey include, which parks residents use and what amenities and activities they would enjoy. The County encourages all residents to tell their neighbors, friends, family, and everyone they know to complete the survey and have a say in the future of the County’s parks. The survey will be available until July 2, 2017. Take the Parks Master Plan Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/OsceolaParks.
For more information about the Parks Master Plan, visit www.osceola.org, or contact Dianna Tomlin at 407-742-0331 or dianna.tomlin@osceola.org.

Submitted by Osceola County