Parks Master Plan
Vision for the Parks Future
Over the last few years, the City of Middletown has been hard at work planning for its future and looking specifically at strategic downtown development, housing, and transportation. Now it is time to create a master plan for the City of Middletown Parks which will coordinate with those efforts and identify critical synergies that can be incorporated for maximum benefit. An up-to-date Parks and Recreation Master Plan will map Middletown's course for developing the recreational benefits residents and businesses want.
Parks Master Plan Process
We are excited to look at additional opportunities our team has already recognized from our initial review of community resources. Our preliminary review suggests Middletown is offering a significant number of active recreational assets per capita on far fewer acres of land than its regional and national peer communities. Through a collaborative planning process which includes Awareness, Exploration, and Vision phases we are confident that the final product will inspire the City and key partners to guide future implementation, resulting in a park system that serves as an important asset for the Middletown community and incentivizes economic development.
What's Currently Happening!!
We are excited to share an update on the Middletown Parks Master Plan as we’re moving from the first phase of the project, “Awareness”, into the next phase called “Exploration”. We conducted a community survey in December 2020 to gather input on Middletown parks including current use, recreation needs and aspirations. We had 230 responses from park visitors! A summary of the results can be found here. Thank you everyone for your participation in the survey!
This feedback, in addition to other stakeholder input and conclusions from a rigorous information gathering and analysis exercise will help inform the next phase of the project that will test a range of ideas for feedback from the community.
We will share concepts with the community in a second public meeting and ask for feedback through a community survey. The public meeting and survey period will be from March 26-April 2 and will be posted on the project website.
We appreciate your input on the ideas and hope you will share with your network so we can hear from as many folks as possible!
Thank you for your continued interest, feedback and support on this exciting project for Middletown!