Consulting firm to make recommendations for Keller park and recreation improvements

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Keller City Council recently approved a proposal for professional consulting services with Vista Planning and Design of West Lake Hills, to make recommendations for updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

The original document, which sets a vision and guides the development of park and recreation improvements based on priority needs and desires of the citizens, was adopted by City Council in 1988 with updates made in 1992, 1998, 2002 and 2007.

“In a community with a growing population such as Keller, it’s important to update the master plan approximately every five years to ensure the plan coincides with the current needs and desires of the citizens,” said Dona Roth Kinney, director of Parks and Recreation. “With our last one being in 2007, by the time we finish this it will be approximately seven years.”

Kinney said the plan was not updated a few years ago because of the declining economy.

“Now we are coming to the point where we will have funds to implement action items of the new master plan,” she said.

The proposed contract with Vista Planning and Design includes opportunities for public feedback such as stakeholder meetings, a web-based survey tool, social media, instant polling, two public meetings, and joint work sessions with the Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

The final product, which will take about 11 months to complete, will include a revised set of recommendations to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, coordination with the city’s proposed land use plan update, revised maps, conceptual plans for all parks and project implementation recommendations.

“It will be a document that we can take and put into action like a business plan,” she said.

Total fee from Vista Planning and Design, including travel expenses is $49,925, with funding available in the Park Development Fee Fund.

Susan McFarland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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