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Parks and recreation master plan

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on May 24, 2012 1:46 PM

Goldsboro's Parks and Recreation Department is seeking opinions from citizens on the future of the city's 11 parks and recreation centers as part of a master planning process.

The city is getting a deal on its master plan through the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Officials there will help create the plan, charging just $5,000 for the consultant work.

Six meetings were planned for each of the city's districts, although Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said the first two were sparsely attended. He attributed the poor attendance to bad weather. The first, held May 17 at Dillard Academy, was the same night as the first Center Street Jam, which was canceled due to inclement weather, and the one scheduled for May 22 at Berkeley Park was held during a downpour.

Barnard said most of those who attended were Goldsboro City Council members and members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

Four meetings remain, with the next scheduled for May 29 at W.A. Foster Center. All meetings are slated to begin at 5:45 p.m.

The remaining meetings are:

* Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course, May 31

* Herman Park, June 7

* First Assembly of God, June 19.

Barnard said while the meetings are organized by district, all are invited to attend any of the meetings.

"We're just trying to put it in convenient places for people," he said.

For more information on the meetings, or to share ideas without attending the meeting, call 739-7480.