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Huntington park officials work on new master plan

Huntington Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a new master plan.  The plan is being developed by Cornerstone PDS of Fishers.

“The reason we are doing a master plan is that it provides an opportunity for public input,” said Steve Yoder, Huntington Parks and Recreation Superintendent.

“It identifies the goals and needs of the community, and provides an active plan for the parks department and City of Huntington to follow to achieve goals,” he said.

Huntington has 10 parks: Drover, Elmwood, Erie Heritage, Evergreen,  Hiers, Laurie, Memorial, Rotary Centennial, General Slack and Yeoman.

In March, the parks department had day-long stakeholders meetings seeking input.  Members of the public, along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntington, Huntington University and various  civic  groups  and organizations attended.

Many of the individuals from the public are avid trail users, according to Yoder. The parks department has approximately 10 to 13 miles of trails.  At the meeting, possible ways to extend the trails were discussed.

Also discussed were the strengths of the parks system. Some of those mentioned were programming variety, trails, and some of the available facilities, including the Dover Park splash pad and the dog park and skateboarding area at Yeoman Park.

The next step in the master plan process is public meetings, which will be  later this spring at a date to be determined.

Following those meetings, the plan will be presented to city council.

The previous master plan was presented in 2010.