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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Good news!  Wichita’s city leaders have been listening and  – even better – have heard what citizens want in the way of parks, recreational opportunities, and green space. After input from more than 3,000 area residents, the Wichita City Council adopted last fall a strategic master plan for the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces. Called the PROS Plan for short, this dynamic plan will serve as a guide for developing recreational assets throughout the City over the next 15 – 20 years. You can read more about it at www.WichitaPROSPlan.org.

The next challenge will be prioritizing projects described in the plan and then developing support for funding those priorities, whatever they may be. Finding the funding will be tough in the current down economy. However, we know that the economy will eventually pick up and when that happens, we’ll need advocacy from Wichita area residents to support funding in an amount they determine appropriate. This is where you can help.

Over the next weeks and months, be sure to share your thoughts (to anyone who will listen!) about why recreational opportunities are important to you and why they are important to our community. Let folks know what you’d like to see funded first, to what degree, and why. You can use this blog to exchange ideas and find other like-minded friends with similar interests.

Over time, your voices – and priorities- will gain traction and can help guide the City’s investments in its parks, recreational opportunities, and open spaces. I look forward to participating in the conversation with you!

Janet L. Miller