Parks and Rec to begin public meetings for master plan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The Parks and Recreation Department of the City and Borough of Juneau has launched a process to come up with a master plan for the department for the next 20 years.

    That was a topic of discussion on Action Line Wednesday.

    Department Director Kirk Duncan said work started earlier this year with Project Manager Alexandra Pierce as the helm:

    "This is a 24 month project. We've spent the last four months just planning for what we're going to be doing. Alex has been spending a lot of time talking with stakeholder groups in the community, and then we're about ready to start the public process."

    Pierce talked about her work to date:

    "It's been really good to get out and talk to a lot of the community stakeholder groups. I've learned a lot. The people who use our facilities every day are the people who really have the big ideas for how we can improve and where we can go from here, because they're the ones who are out there using our facilities the way that they're meant to be used. It's been really great to get their input, and now we're looking for input from the public."

    A  series of  public meetings is planned.  The first is next Wednesday, October 5 in the Glacier View Room of the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

    The other meetings are scheduled for October 10th at the Valley Library, October 12th at the Mt. Jumbo Gym, October 19th at Centennial Hall and October 20th at Dzantik'l Heeni Middle School.  All of the public meetings will begin at 6 p.m

    In addition to the public meetings, the department officials say citizens will be able to go to the CBJ website to learn about the project and provide feedback once the PlaceSpeak program is available which is expected to happen by the end of the week.

    Following the public meetings, the department will produce a document entitled, "What We Heard."

    That will be followed by preliminary recommendations later this winter or by next spring when follow up public meetings will be held.

    A draft plan is due out by next summer or fall and a final plan completed by Spring 2018.

    At that point, the plan will be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Planning Commission and Assembly for consideration.

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