Citizens weigh in on park design options

About 50 Haywood County residents weighed in on preliminary design options for a proposed county park in the Jonathan Creek area during the second of three public meetings, held on March 25.

Steve Fritts, of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, the consultant team for the park design, presented a summary of the comprehensive plan recommendations relating to soccer and baseball/softball, as well as the results of public input from the first meeting and the survey was presented.

Fritts then presented three design concepts, followed by a question and answer period. Points raised during the discussion included:

  • Concern about the safety of Concept B, regarding the close proximity of spectators to the highway; a barrier would have to be installed to prevent a car leaving the highway and entering the spectator area. Concern was also expressed about the traffic noise impacts.
  • It was pointed out that Little League is going to change their field standards to require that facilities that host district tournaments and above to have minimum field lengths of 225’ instead of 200’. Thus, it would be desirable to have 225’ fence lengths.
  • It was noted that 2 high school footballs fields were resurfaced with artificial turf and are available for community use.

Following the presentation the participants were asked to respond to two questions:

Question #1

Which of the 3 concepts do you prefer? (Participants raised their hands to vote for each concept)

  • Concept A: 15
  • Concept B: 13
  • Concept C. 23

Question #2

What if any change would you like to see made to your preferred concept?

  • Concept A & C: Add more parking
  • Concept B: Add splash pad
  • Concept B: Add dog park
  • Concept C: Change fields to 4-225’ fence lengths
  • Concept C: Change fields to 1-200’, 2-225’ and 1-300’
  • Concept C: Add tennis court
  • All Concepts:
    a. Include additional handicapped fishing access
    b. Add more shade trees
    c. Add disc golf
    d. Add horsehoe pits

Want to add your input? Following is a PowerPoint presentation from the March 25 meeting, followed by the three conceptual designs, as well a link to an online survey for you to complete. The deadline to submit the survey is 5 p.m., Friday, April 2. For questions or more information, contact Haywood County Recreation and Parks at 828-452-6789.

Conceptual Design Presentation

Concept Option A

Concept Option B

Concept Option C

Link to Online Survey (Friday, April 2 deadline)