The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan. The forum will be held from six-thirty to eight-thirty p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says some key themes for the plan have already been developed that will guide the department’s actions from 2016 to 2020. Residents also want the department to continue to take care of the parks and facilities currently in place. The forum will allow Bloomington residents to comment on these themes.
Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands is leading the Master Plan team. The Eppley Institute has extensive experience guiding master planning projects for parks and recreation departments across the nation. Institute staff have already begun gathering information from the public. According to Renneisen on the week of May 18th a randomly selected sample of Bloomington households received postcards in the mail with invitations to go online and take surveys about Bloomington parks and programs. The results make up one part of a triangulated approach to creating the Master Plan. The other two are consultations with stakeholders and steering committees and holding public forums. While Thursday’s forum will be the third one held so far, it’s the first one held as a stand-alone. Renneisen hopes between 20 and 40 people will attend.
Anyone needing more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan process or further information on how to contribute opinions and ideas can contact The Eppley Institute at 812-855-3095. A finalized Master Plan will be released in November.