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Thursday, November 08, 2018 12:28 pm

Parks and Rec seeks input on Franke Park plan

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A master plan for Franke Park could be presented in March and will include input from stakeholders, including community groups and city officials.
 
The Fort Wayne Parks Board approved spending $75,520 in September to create the plan and interviews of stakeholders have been conducted to gather ideas for the park, which is among the city's most visited and houses the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
 
Alec Johnson, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department deputy director of planning and development, said at a meeting of the board today the plan will include ideas for the park's layout, ecological concerns and utilities. Other areas to be addressed include parking and the ability of nearby residents to walk to and from the park, he said.
 
The original master plan for the park was completed in the 1920s.
 
"We anticipate doing some great things there," Johnson said.
 
The parks department created a website – frankeparkplan.com – where visitors can complete a survey with questions about past use and suggestions for the park's future.
 
An input session is scheduled Dec. 20 at the park.
 
In other business, board members Rick Samek, Pam Kelly, Bill Zielke and Justin Shurley voted to accept the department's $18.7 million 2019 budget. The spending plan, which includes increase for planned cost increases for electricity and solid waste disposal, is about $162,000 more than last year's budget.
 
The budget was approved last month by the Fort Wayne City Council.