Lakewood City Council near decision on community resources plan

Armed with residents’ opinions on the city’s parks, recreation and arts offerings, Lakewood officials are primed to update the “Imagine Lakewood!” community resources master plan for the first time since 2008.

Work on the updated master plan began in early 2017 and has included open houses and public forums with about 200 people and a survey of more than 2,200 people. City staff members reported talking about the plan with about 500 residents at events and said more than 200 community members participated in stakeholder interviews.

The proposed master plan includes six goals for “Imagine Lakewood!”:

Meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of high-quality and engaging programs, services and initiatives
Continue to take care of and improve Lakewood’s existing parks, cultural and recreational facilities
Respond to community needs through the addition of new facilities and amenities
Create an inspiring, safe and pleasant experience in our parks and facilities
Empower Lakewood residents to make the most of their parks, cultural and recreational opportunities through effective marketing and communication.

The proposed master plan update was presented to City Council on Oct. 2, and a final vote on the plan is scheduled for the Oct. 23 council meeting.

Forty-five percent of residents who responded to a city survey earlier this year said they had used a Lakewood recreation center in the past year, and more than 80 percent of respondents said they live a “short” distance from a park or facility, feel safe using parks and facilities, and would like to have a new aquatics facility.

Two problems cited by survey respondents involve dogs: Eighty-nine percent of respondents said dog waste in parks, trails and open spaces is a problem, and 71 percent said dogs running off leash in parks, trails and open spaces is a problem.

The city has already moved to address dog waste through its participation in …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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