Creedmoor’s new parks and rec plan will offer guide as city grows

sbarr@newsobserver.comJune 9, 2014 

— A new long-term parks and recreation plan is under consideration to help officials develop facilities and programs as more families move to the area.

Mayor Darryl Moss said that Creedmoor officials watched carefully as cities from Raleigh to Oxford shaped their parks and recreation programs, and noted the enthusiastic response they received from their residents.

While Creedmoor will develop its facilities and programs on a scale appropriate to a small city, officials plan to give current and future residents the amenities they’re seeking, Moss said.

“The goal of the plan is to create a road map of how we approach recreation, from an exercise, cultural and facilities standpoint,” he said.

The city has dedicated the revenue from its cellular tower to recreation, and the city’s parks and recreation department is now in its second year of operation.

Creedmoor’s population grew 85 percent between 2000 and 2010, to more than 4,100 people, according to the U.S. Census. City officials expect the city to grow annually at a rate of 4 percent, meaning more than 8,500 people would live in the city by 2030.

Master plan released

The city last month released the draft parks and recreation master plan that sets out broad goals and offers specific recommendations, such as how to improve existing parks.

The broad goals include developing central facilities that serve the entire community, ensuring facilities are linked to one another and providing programming that appeals to all members of the community.

Scottie K. Cornett, the city’s programs director, said the plan also will help secure grants for the parks and recreation department. Benefactors want to see that cities have a plan in place that reflects a statistically valid survey of residents. The new plan provides that.

“We didn’t just want to have an answer. We wanted to have an answer that represents what our citizens want and need,” shesaid of a survey used to develop the recommendation.

Cornett said last week that officials already are incorporating some of the recommendations into next year’s budget, such as creating a maintenance plan and equipment replacement schedule.

The plan also fits with the city’s efforts to improve pedestrian access throughout city with miles of new sidewalks, she said.

“We can build all these facilities, but we need to make sure our residents in our communities have safe access and connectivity,” she said.

The city’s Board of Commissioners was slated to vote on the plan Monday night.

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