JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls leaders are asking Highland Lakes residents to share their opinions on the city’s parks and recreation outlook plan.
Mayor John Packer said the plan’s purpose is to create a clear set of objectives and provide direction for the parks and recreation system for the short term, mid-term and long term.
The city council hired Halff Associates to create a park, recreation and open space master plan a couple of months ago. Since then, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and stakeholders such as sports leagues, Falls on the Colorado Museum, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists have met to share thoughts about the parks system.
Now it’s time for residents and non-residents to do the same.
Simply visit surveymonkey.com/r/marblefallsparksplan to participate. There’s also a place for people to write in responses.
Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss said city hall already has received more than 200 completed surveys. Those who take the survey by Aug. 31 are put into a drawing for two VIP passes to FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls on Sept. 24.
“It’s being distributed far and wide on our website,” Moss said of the survey. “It’s out to whomever.”
The survey will ask respondents to state whether or not they are Marble Falls residents. The reason staff members are asking for all Highland Lakes residents to participate is because 94 percent of the city’s sales tax comes from non-residents.
Moss noted that, as the area grows, more people will be using the parks system.
“The community is changing,” he said. “Every day, we have people moving in and moving out. As that changes, the wants and needs are going to change with it.”
The next opportunity for public input is in November at an open house for feedback on the master plan recommendations, modified plan concepts, direction and guidance to the parks advisory committee, and survey results. The city council is expected to give final approval on the plan in January 2017.
Moss said he hopes people will make the time to take the survey.
“This is an opportunity for every individual to have their opinion considered,” he said. “This is that opportunity; it’s valuable. Every one of them are considered.”