SYRACUSE — Monday, Sept. 14, Syracuse Parks and Recreation Board held a special session at the Syracuse Community Center to hear public input for the five-year parks and recreation master plan. The board will review suggestions received during the public meeting and via electronic survey at its October meeting.
After careful consideration the members will develop a five year plan that will include projects the board would like to achieve within the time frame. The master plan is a requirement for communities to be considered eligible when applying for grant programs administered by the Division of Outdoor Recreation.
During the open forum, ideas presented by the public included adding amenities to park facilities and potential uses of the Syracuse Elementary School once it is vacant.
The amenities suggested were drinking fountains at the Harold Schrock Athletic Complex, restroom facilities at Lakeside and Ward parks. A boardwalk was also requested for Ward Park.
Proposals heard regarding Syracuse Community Center included outdoor basketball and tennis courts and a soccer field added at the north end of the building.
The public also offered a number of community projects to be considered including a dog park, more walking and biking trails and natural development at the Laudeman Park property.
As potential programming was discussed among those in attendance, the Syracuse Elementary School was recommended by Dr. Tom Edington as a future site for additional arts and sporting opportunities as well as educational classes.
Prior to concluding the public session parks superintendent Chad Jonsson thanked those attending for their input.
Anyone wishing to add to the conversation may send their recommendations by email to [email protected] or call (574) 457-3440. Letters can be mailed to 1013 North Long Drive, Syracuse IN 46567. Public input will be accepted through the month of September.