The City of Parkville adopted the 2016 Parkville Parks Plan at the Board of Aldermen meeting on November 15, 2016. The plan emphasizes the riverfront parks corridor, including regionally significant Platte Landing Park and the western portion of English Landing Park, and re-examine the community’s priorities for the riverfront parks to develop a strategy to guide park development over the next 10 to 15 years
The 2016 Parkville Parks Master Plan update is the result of a 12-month collaboration between the City, Vireo, the consultant chosen to lead the update to the Parkville Parks Plan (P3) adopted in 2008, and a steering committee made up of the Community Land and Recreation Board and two liaisons from Platte County. The consultants met with the targeted focus groups and held key leader and employee interviews to help gain perspective of different visions and ideas about the future direction of the park system.
Feedback from community stakeholders was essential to the successful development of the plan. Two public open houses were held, along with online surveys. The first open house was held in April to gather input on improving existing facilities, future amenity needs and top project priorities. At the second open house held during the 4th of July Celebration in downtown Parkville, two park concepts were presented for public input. In September, the steering committee approved a consolidated riverfront park concept that was presented to the Board of Aldermen during a work session on November 1.
Following approval by the City, the Platte County Commission adopted the plan on November 21, 2016.
Mayor Nan Johnston said “Residents and visitors come to the parks for many different reasons. I am grateful to members of the community who took the time to attend the public meetings and offer comments. I am looking forward to seeing how our parks grow in the next 10 to 15 years.”
The large-scale projects included in the plan will be added to the “future” City’s Capital Improvement Program until appropriate financing mechanisms become available. City staff will develop a donation menu for large amenities and research the best practices of peer communities that have implemented similar projects to help facilitate the implementation of the plan’s recommendations.
To view the full plan, visit http://parkvillemo.gov/2016-parks-master-plan-update/. For more information, please contact Assistant to the City Administrator Tim Blakeslee at (816) 741-7676.