Danville Parks and Recreation begins neighborhood parks planning project

Southside Virginia News

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Danville Parks and Recreation has begun the process of creating a long-term plan for developing and improving its existing neighborhood parks.

Residents may participate in the process by filling out a neighborhood parks survey which can be found by clicking here.

The process – which is outlined below – will allow Parks and Recreation to move forward with planning neighborhood park spaces to be more relevant and usable for residents, as well as allow for resident input as part of the decision-making process.

As a first step, Parks and Recreation is evaluating parks based on their significance to residents, the need for improved greenspace, and the logistical and financial opportunity the department has to develop them. The department is first and foremost encouraging residents to take part in the Neighborhood Parks Survey. Residents can complete the survey in a multitude of ways—through paper surveys mailed to a random sample of residents, electronically during neighborhood park visits, and online on the newly launched Parks and Recreation planning page “Neighborhood Park Projects.”  The resident survey is a part of this vital evaluation and will allow the department to understand residents’ views on how greenspaces are important to their community building, health, wellness, and quality of life. Once parks’ needs and opportunities are assessed, the department will develop a timeline for planning, funding, and implementing each park improvement.

Data collection for the evaluation will continue for the next several weeks. The plan will be finalized in the fall.

Built infrastructure derived from these plans will be implemented beginning next summer but information received by Parks and Recreation regarding programming and maintenance can influence decisions being made and/or result in immediate responses.

The schedule for the neighborhood park visits can be found by clicking here.

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