The City of New Smyrna Beach has been working on a Parks Master Plan to assess its inventory of 37 parks and provide a platform for residents to identify opportunities for future park improvements.

Residents can participate by entering a 360-degree virtual public meeting room made up of six information modules covering Parks Division mission & goals, a project summary, parks system map, context report, parks inventory, and parks level of service standards. Two other modules invite residents to take a short survey and point them to Assistant City Manager Brian Fields for more details.

“When residents are able to participate in a way that accommodates their schedules while safely eliminating risk of community spread, that’s a win-win,” Mr. Fields said in a news release. “The main purpose of the virtual meeting room is to obtain input from our residents. If they only have a few minutes to spare, they can complete the survey in less than five.”

A key context report finding points out that as most of the older, more established areas in the eastern third of the city are built-out, the plan will pay particular attention to identifying and acquiring land for new community-level parks and facilities near fast-growing, multi-phased developments closer to and west of I-95. Key parks inventory observations also point out many parks could benefit from the addition of security cameras, paved or regraded parking lots, and measures to improve multimodal transportation connectivity, such as adding bicycle racks.

Following the survey’s completion, its results will be presented to the public at a follow-up workshop later this year and used to develop recommendations for the City Commission on future facilities, land uses and recreation programming.

For more information, visit https://vmr.vhb.com/v/YojXGJoAz8e, email Mr. Fields at bfields@cityofnsb.com or call (386) 410-2836.

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