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Imagine Jax Parks! Parks and Recreation Master Plan Public Input Kicks Off

August 21, 2023
 Community Invited to Help Shape the Future of Jacksonville’s Park System
The City of Jacksonville today announced the launch of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Parks Master Plan Update and from August through October, the City is seeking the public’s input.  The goal of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update is to create a 10-year vision for the City’s future parks, trails, and recreation facilities by developing recommendations and action plans that improve, grow, and maintain the system.

The City invites the Jacksonville Community to visit the project website
to share their thoughts, opinions, and needs by completing an online survey, available through the fall (check website for updates!).
The Public Input process also includes public workshops, meetings with Community Planning Advisory Committees (CPACs), engaging City Council members, and getting input from parks and recreation communities and organizations throughout Jacksonville.
“It’s my belief that if we work together, we can create a parks system that is resilient to growth and weather, promotes health and wellness, reflects diverse communities throughout Jacksonville, and gives everyone access to high-quality parks and recreation facilities,” said Mayor Donna Deegan. “I encourage our citizens to take the Parks Master Plan Update survey so that our 10-year vision supports every corner of the city.”
“With over 400 parks and recreation facilities, Jacksonville has the largest public park system in the country so it’s important to engage communities throughout Jacksonville to help imagine what our park system will look like in 10 years,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Daryl Joseph. “We want to know what the community thinks – do we need more baseball diamonds, more pickleball courts, larger parks, or more parks?”
The previous plan was completed in 2003, but there have been significant changes in population growth, park usage, and the demand for facilities over the last 20 years. The current Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update creates an opportunity to take a comprehensive, fresh look at the system and develop a series of recommendations for improving, enhancing, and increasing parks and recreation facilities to serve the evolving tapestry of the City. The final Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update is slated to be completed in 2024.
To learn more about the master plan process and how to stay connected, visit the project site