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Posted on: September 28, 2017

City Council Adopts Parks Master Plan

On September 20, 2017 the Fernley City Council adopted the Parks Master Plan by unanimous vote. 

To view the Parks Master Plan in its entirety, click here:

In FY 2014/2015, the Fernley City Council directed staff to prepare a Parks Master Plan.  During 2016, City staff interviewed and chose a consultant, Design Workshop, to prepare the Parks Master Plan.  Many hours of staff and consultant time were spent over approximately eleven months reaching out to the community to provide input for the development of the Parks Master Plan.  With the adoption of the Parks Master Plan document, staff believes the framework will be in place to serve the needs of the community while also improving the quality of life for residents.   

The 2017 Fernley Parks Master Plan reflects the vision and goals of the City of Fernley and provides direction for the City’s decision-making over a planning horizon of 10 years. An evaluation of the City’s current offerings was required to identify the needs of Fernley’s growing population, to accommodate changing recreation trends and to ensure the City’s limited resources can be maximized and focused to provide a quality parks and trails system.  

The primary purpose of this master plan update is to ensure the City’s fiscal resources are appropriately utilized and that parks, trails and open spaces meet the needs of the community and enhance the quality of life for residents.  This plan also provides recommendations for funding, a list of improvements for short and long-term implementation, and a high-level review and recommendations for operations and maintenance.

The plan supports a vision for the future of parks, open space, and trails that can be accomplished over the 10-year planning period; however, the City should continue to adapt to changes in the community and seek to capture opportunities as they arise. The recommendations represent a potential future based on the vision, not an absolute promise. While some recommendations can be completed within a matter of months, others will require coordinated community efforts over a number of years that may exceed the life of this plan.

The recommendations are based on an evaluation and analysis of the current state of the system and changing demographics, an understanding of community values and priorities, and contemporary trends in parks and recreation. The plan reflects the need to maximize the value of the current parks system while being forward thinking to plan for future needs and changes.

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