The City of Poway is asking for community input as it creates an action plan for future programming and amenities at Community Park. As part of a formal needs assessment of the park, the City is hosting virtual community workshops on June 8 and 9 at 6 p.m. to engage park users through a combination of live polling questions and public comments.
Community Park offers a diverse array of amenities and opportunities for families, neighbors, and friends to come together in the heart of Poway. In addition to the community center and swim center, the park has a skate park, baseball fields, dog park, two playgrounds, picnic tables and basketball, tennis and bocce courts.
“Community Park is in the middle of a transformation,” City Manager Chris Hazeltine said, “We have a new community center, a recently upgraded swim center, and with the new development along Poway Road the timing is right to create an action plan that provides the greatest benefit for our park users.”
With more housing on Poway Road, the City expects park use to increase. The City will also gain funds specifically for improvement projects at the park through new park impact fees.
“Our goal is to engage the community in the most inclusive and innovative manner possible and let the community’s value and unmet needs drive the priorities for Community Park’s future,” City Planner David DeVries said.
PROS Consulting, Inc., a leader in parks and recreation consulting nationwide, is leading the Community Park needs assessment. The project also includes stakeholder meetings with community leaders, such as council members, representatives of sports organizations, recreation groups and other active users of the park. Public input is being collected through a community survey this summer, and on the project website: PlanCommunityPark.com. The website will provide a project overview, updates, and links to the online survey, community meetings and public comments section.
Staff expects to bring the final assessment to City Council for review in late September.
The June 8 and 9 virtual community meetings are open to the public. Registration for the workshop is available at PlanCommunityPark.com.