Streetsboro Parks and Recreation welcomes public input

By Rachel sluss | Gateway news Published:

Streetsboro residents are invited to take an active role in the review of the city's parks master plan, according to Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Director Greg Mytinger.

The process of updating the master plan will start with gathering data through online surveys and public forums, Mytinger said. The Parks and Recreation Department will produce the survey material, but is open to suggestions from City Council.

Mytinger said the survey will gather information from different market segments, such as the senior population and family population.

The data might be available within 30 days, but may take as long as 60 days.

The public forum allows community members to join and voice their opinions regarding the master plan. However, the event will be structured as an open meeting and planning exercise, Councilman John Cieszkowski said.

The current Parks Master Plan can be downloaded as a PDF document from the city's website, www.cityofstreetsboro.com/departments/parks_and_recreation/index.php.

Although the parks master plan is early in its review process, one addition may be estimated costs of projects.

"We asked him (Mytinger) to prepare the master plan to give us some idea of each individual type of improvement cost," said Councilman Steve Michniak. "This shows how much things cost, and then we start to plan for things in the future."

Councilman Jeff Allen was the catalyst for the review, last month resisting the city's plans to install a $100,000 parking lot at Thomas Heritage Park this year by pointing out that the new park is not part of the parks master plan.

"You know that I feel Thomas Heritage was shoved down the taxpayers' throats," Allen said. "People really don't feel they had a voice in that property. The masses need to have input on their park."

After the 2007 parks master plan was adopted, the 116 acres making up Thomas Heritage Park, which is located off S.R. 303 next to the Target store, was acquired by the city through the settlement of a legal dispute over zoning.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9400 ext. 4162 or rsluss@recordpub.com

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