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Tampa seeks public input for longterm upgrades to parks & rec

The input will help consultants craft a master plan.

The City of Tampa and the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department want the public’s input on how the city’s parks and recreation services should best serve residents into the future.

The parks and recreation department oversees all of the city’s community centers and public parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts and basketball courts, among others. They also facilitate youth programs and community events and serve as a public tool to promote health and well-being.

The city is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants to provide planning services in the development of a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will provide direction and priorities necessary to meet residents’  needs longterm.

Their first step though, is to reach out to residents for input. The city will host a series of eight public meetings throughout the city so residents can share with city leaders their vision for parks and recreation facilities and programs.

The city’s goal is to engage communities with open dialogue. The city will record comments made at the meetings and provide that input to whichever consulting firm they ultimately select to complete the master plan. This community input will be invaluable to the consultant as they move forward with the master plan process in 2020.

Residents unable to attend a meeting can complete an online survey on the Parks and Recreation Website.

All meetings will be held at 6 p.m.

Here are the meeting details:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019: Port Tampa Community Center

4702 W. McCoy St., 33616

Thursday, November 7, 2019: Kid Mason Community Center

1101 N Jefferson St. 33602

Tuesday, November 12, 2019: David M Barksdale Center

1801 N. Lincoln Ave., 33607

Thursday, November 14, 2019: Compton Park Community Center

16101 Compton Dr. 33647

Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Cyrus Greene Community Center

2101 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 33610

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Kate Jackson Community Center

821 S Rome Ave., 33606

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Lloyd Copeland Park Community Center

11001 N 15th St., 33612

Thursday, December 5, 2019: Wayne Papy Athletic Complex

6925 N Florida Ave., 33604

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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