The White Paper was prepared to create a contextual framework for the Parks and Recreation master Planning work. It draws together the high-level concepts and principles that were established in the preceding visioning and comprehensive planning work.
The overarching concept in the Smithville Comprehensive Plan is to intentionally create a ‘community oasis’ experience. This has been highlighted in visioning and comprehensive planning work. While this is a conceptual experience, it provides an important context. This concept should be used in thinking about park and asset design, including elements such as shade, noise, views and concentration of people.
High Level Concepts
Focus on broad multi-dimensional outcomes
Community and societal benefit
Environmental and ecological benefit
Future oriented and innovative thinking
Embracing a collaborative approach
Specific High-Level Priorities
Develop a Parks and Recreation Branding Strategy
Complement and Distinguish the City’s Park System
Build North-South trail connectivity
Enhance Park Infrastructure with Valued Recreational Programming.
Enhance Social Infrastructure with Valued Community Programming
Create comprehensive Multimodal Connections
Establish Downtown to River Walk to Lake connection