Park survey deadline is Friday, March 12

The public is invited to share ideas on a proposed park in the Jonathan Creek area by completing the survey below. The survey deadline is Friday, March 12.

Results of the survey will be shared in the second of three public workshops at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at the County Office Building, located at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. About 45 Haywood County citizens turned out Thursday night, March 4th, for the first of the public workshops.

Steve Fritts of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, the consultant team for the park design, presented findings from a recent site inventory and analysis; and solicited public input on possible program elements at the site. Participants were able to choose their four highest priorities for the proposed park. The purpose of the three publc input workshops is to position the county to apply for grants for the development of the facility, since no county funds are available.

Each of the workshops will build on the information gathered from the previous meeting. Based on the input received March 4th and on the survey, BWSC will develop an interim report with up to three conceptual master plans to present to the Recreation Board on March 18th and to the public.

From there, BWSC will produce a draft final plan that includes the preferred park diagram with cost estimates, to present to the Recreation Board on April 15th. The third and final public workshop will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 27 at Maggie Valley Town Hall.

BWSC previously worked with Haywood County and the municipalities to prepare a Comprehensive System-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was approved in March 2007. Recreation opportunities in the Jonathan Creek area was one of the needs identified in the Master Plan. The cost of developing the Site Master Plan will be $14,950. The plan is being paid for by revenues generated by a lease the County currently has on the property, and by $10,000 approved by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority from occupancy tax collections in the Maggie Valley and Waynesville areas. The TDA Zip Code Subcommittees for Maggie Valley and Waynesville each recommended $5,000 toward the project.

For questions or more information, contact Haywood County Recreation and Parks at 828-452-6789.