This Master Plan report is the final stage in the development of the City of Smithville’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2030. This has been produced following extensive community consultation from November 2030 to May 2021.

The context that frames the scope of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2030 includes:

  • Smithville’s population is growing – the forecasts in the Comprehensive Plan are for steady growth of between 2.2% and 3.3% per years, adding between 2,700 and 4,200 residents by 2030 (for a total of 13,500 to 15,000 by 2030). 
  • Smithville’s population is changing – the current population is dominated by school-aged families. However, over the next 10 years this is expected to evolve with significant new cohorts emerging, including active retirees and younger generational cohorts bringing new demand for more recreational opportunities. 
  • Value proposition for community – the trail and recreation amenities (both current and potential) are seen as a key part of the community value proposition. 
  • Funding increasing – the recently passed 0.5% Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax will help fund the Parks and Recreation Master Plan implementation, together with matching grant funding and fund raising efforts.  

The Smithville community, city staff and city leaders have expressed an appetite for innovative approaches and ‘out of the box’ thinking. There is a strong support for this forward looking and ambitious plan, that takes account of emerging trends and anticipated community needs.


For more information about the City of Smithville’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan Project, please contact:

Matt Denton, CPRP – Parks and Recreation Director
107 West Main Street
City of Smithville
Phone: (816) 532-8130