By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
Citizens of Morgan’s Point Resort made a very strong showing at the recent public input meeting on developing a Parks Master Plan. HALFF and Associates developed multiple options for those who voted. HALFF develops parks plans throughout the state.
“We have been in Morgan’s Point on and off for several months now. Some of the property in the community is amazing. I thought we had very good participation. The numbers showing up to the meeting was good. We received some input we can use,” said Matt Bucchin, Senior Planner for HALFF.
Tables were laid out with a very detailed description what the process is all about. HALFF explained why the plan is important and what the benefits are of developing a plan for parks.
Three parks are part of the planning process: Kleypas, Ansay and Oakmont Parks. Each park had its own series of tables. There were pictures and a detail description of each park. Then there was a list of improvements of each park that could be voted on. It included three different plans on each park.
There was a recent survey that area residents were asked to fill out. One of the biggest items requested was sidewalks along MPR road. More than 38 percent of those that responded felt that was a need. Walking trails were also a huge request, with more than 62 percent of those responded felt a strong need for this.
Then each participant was asked three options on the types of picnic shelters, fencing, paths, pavilions and play ground equipment that may be used. It was a way to prioritize the next 5-10 years in terms of improvements that may be completed.
There were some statistics provided the residents of MPR. One that may jump out is that 28 percent of the population of MPR is under 20 years of age.
Growth is coming to the area in West Temple and MPR. MPR’s estimated population by 2030 is 6,193. By 2060, it is estimated to have a population of 10,000.
“I was very pleased with the turnout for the MPR parks master plan public input meeting. The EDC has contracted with Halff Associates to produce the plans for three of the city’s parks. They presented three proposals for each park for the attendees to vote on and make suggestions for changes.
“The final plan, when completed, will be used as a guideline to improving the parks. The actual improvements will take many years and likely will not include everything in the master plan. Texas Parks and Wildlife grants are easier to obtain when you have a master plan,” said Ric Holmes Mayor Pro-Tem.
“I have to say that I am quite pleased with the work that was put in to the Parks Master Plan open house tonight. It was wonderful to have our citizens take an active roll in determining the future of our city parks. This is only the first step in the process, but with community involvement, we will be able to update and upgrade our parks into something everyone will be proud of. I hope that citizens of Morgan’s Point Resort will continue to be involved in the process of making all of our parks special in the future,” said MPR council member Keith Dyer.