Residents May Soon Receive a Town Survey: Help Design Fairview’s Future Parks and Recreation Facilities
Try to remember what you were doing, what your life was like, what was happening in your town back in 2010. Hard to do isn’t it. That’s because almost a decade has passed since then. It was also 2010 when the Town of Fairview adopted its current Parks and Recreation Plan. The plan contains a vision of the parks and recreation facilities in the town as well as details about how and when that vision might be realized. But the population of the town in 2010 was 7,240 and today it is estimated to be 10,200. Forecasters believe by 2020 the population will grow to 13,000.
A new Parks and Recreation Plan will be based upon a lot of input from residents, the members of the Parks and Recreation Board (the seven-member board is Chaired by John Brown, a Heritage Ranch resident). The proposed plan will ultimately require the approval of the Fairview Town Council as well. When adopted it will provide guidance for the establishment, maintenance and/or updating of Fairview’s neighborhood parks and Veteran’s Park, a memorial honoring the many Fairview veterans who have served the nation, located adjacent to city hall. Currently, Fairview neighborhood parks include:
· Creekside Park (1040 Parkdale Dr.) in the Oakwood neighborhood
· Beaver Run Park (110 Elisabeth Way) in Thompson Springs
· Monarch Park (610 Cambridge Dr.) in Summerhill Farm
Many will agree that Fairview parks are all well-designed and kept very clean and safe. This is thanks to both the staff of the Fairview Parks and Recreation department and the Public Works department who collaborate to keep the town’s parks in top shape and the Fairview police department that regularly patrols the parks. Playground equipment in Beaver Run, for example, now has softened landing areas replacing the prior hardpan grass. The playground equipment, in other words, is now much safer for children to use.
Many residents, town staff, the Parks and Recreation Board and town council agree that it is now time to get to work on a new roadmap. To achieve this goal, “The planners, volunteers, staff and elected officials want to ensure they will receive utmost input from residents from a brief but comprehensive survey that is now being developed. It may run twelve or so multiple-choice questions with additional space for resident’s comments”, Says Ray Dunlap, staff liaison to Fairview’s Parks and Recreation Department. A final draft of the survey will soon come before the town council. If it is approved, the town will then notify residents about the survey using a variety of means including mail, e-mail, the town’s website (www.fairviewtexas.org) and through social media. The survey will help determine the answers to key questions. Dunlap says, “It will guide us to a commonly agreed vision of our future parks. The answers and suggestions we receive will help us to prioritize issues properly, ensure the town’s spending meets or exceeds residents’ expectations, and will provide us all with a guide to our futures. Every resident is a stakeholder and we urge everyone to share their views with us by replying promptly to the survey.”
Fairview residents will soon have a “hands-on” opportunity to help design a vitally important aspect of life in the town; how you and your family might spend some of your precious leisure time.