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Gainesville Parks and Recreation seeking input for master plan
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Melvin Cooper speaks during an interview at the Gainesville Civic Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Cooper retired after 47 years working for the city and 30 years as parks director. - photo by Austin Steele

Gainesville Parks and Recreation is planning for the future, and the parks department wants to learn more about what the community wants to see in city parks.

A public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Gainesville Civic Center will be the first step in planning new facilities or renovations for the city’s 2030 Parks Master Plan. Parks Director Melvin Cooper said the department is hoping to finish the master plan by May, when he will be retiring after more than 47 years with Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

“It’s vital that we have citizen input as much as we can because it’s critical to make sure that the recreational goals and priorities are consistent with community needs and desires—not what we want, but what our community wants,” Cooper said.

The master plan will guide the department through 2030.

Provide input on Gainesville Parks and Recreation master plan

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. Northeast, Gainesville

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