Odessa residents encouraged to give input on new park master plan

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ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- Change is just around the corner for the City of Odessa.

“A good park system, a healthy park system is going to compliment the quality of life for a community and for us to retain people. We’re trying to get a good feel for the community and then we are inviting, of course, everybody’s input in these meetings and the survey,” says The Director of Parks and Recreation for Odessa, Steve Patton.

The city announcing Friday their Parks Master Plan and the importance of public input.

“The document will prioritize all of the park improvement projects and then as funding is made available we go down that list and we make those improvements to the park systems. That will have a whole new list of projects that will be derived from the public input process, throughout surveys and through the public meetings that we’re gonna have,” says Patton.

Adding that nothing is off the table, even brand new parks, and encouraging residents to come to multiple meetings and visit their website to fill out the survey.

According to Patton, they will be looking at “growth patterns the City is taking, what renovation areas need to have new parks or renovated parks. We’ve spent over 44-million dollars in the past 25 years to renovate the existing parks system.”

He says the City has done Four Master Plans in the past and he always looks forward to the end results.

“When you go out there on opening day and those little kids are going down those slides and they’re screaming and having a good time and crying because they don’t want to go home and the families are together and everyone is having a great time it’s the best!”

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