Mid County Park, Citizen Feedback Now Online
March 4, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation
Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420
Maintaining Kidsburg, more open and greenspace for activities and the creation of an onsite environmental, education garden were the top priorities of those participating in the master planning process for Mid County Park. More than 75 citizens and users of the park took a role in the citizen feedback process by providing comments on the park that encompasses the community-built Kidsburg playground.
Mid County Park is one of the County’s most visited parks, hosting 300,000 annually. The park opened in 1985, followed by Kidsburg in 1994. Both are in need of much repair—aging equipment, safety and parking are all critical issues. County zoning ordinances require a revised master plan before any significant changes or improvements can begin.
Participants in the update process attended one of two community meetings, took advantage of hotline and online options or posted their comments on a community listening board stationed at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center. Those attending the community meetings on February 16 and February 22 received an overview of the plan, reviewed maps of the current and proposed changes within the park and then divided for small group discussions on issues important to them.
“The biggest misconception voiced during the meetings was that Kidsburg would not be replaced, which was never a consideration” says John Carnifax, Parks and Recreation Director. “Our attention in developing a “new” Kidsburg would focus on replacing aging playground structures with improved materials and becoming ADA compliant.” Rounding out the top ten priorities was the need for more multiuse space/fields for year round activities, more picnic shelters for large groups, improved access to the park from nearby neighborhoods and shopping centers, basketball courts with adjustable goals, a park office with improved restrooms and more park seating.
Comments compiled throughout the process have been posted online for review at www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. You can continue to forward comments at anytime to email@example.com . The data will be presented to the James City County Planning Commission and then to the Board of Supervisors. Once funding is available for park improvements, citizen input will be sought to steer the process.
For more information, call 259-5415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.