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Parks and Rec wants your opinion
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Justin Scott

Let your voice be heard about current and future amenities offered by McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department. 

A master plan open house is scheduled for this Thursday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Milner Recreation Center. 

“We are working on a five-year master plan for Parks and Recreation with a company called RaganSmith,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Justin Scott. “We are mapping out existing parks and determining areas that could be parks. Thursday’s meeting is a community engagement meeting to receive public input.” 

A RaganSmith representative will provide a 30-minute presentation on the master plan and its process, followed by an opportunity for community members to voice opinions on the current parks system, vote on likes and dislike about what is currently offered, and thoughts on expansion or renovation of city parks. 

“We are hoping to gather a lot of input about what people like and dislike and what they’re utilizing,” said Scott. “Are they using the Milner Center primarily? Are they regular visitors to the pool, or do they visit Pepper Branch Park or Riverfront Park? We need to know what people are using the most so we know that’s where we should focus our attention.” 

McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department secured a $48,000 grant to fund the creation of a five-year master plan.

“They hope to have this master plan project complete sometime around September,” said Scott. “We need input from the community. Tell us what you like and dislike about what we currently offer. Now’s the time to make your voice heard. This will be a five-year master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department.”

The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 500 Garfield Street.