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Parks update needs more public input

POULSBO — The past six years have brought significant changes not only to the city, but to its Parks and Recreation Department as well.

In 2000, the city updated its park plan and found there were shortages in recreational facilities, trails and open space.

Since then, two parks, Nelson Park and Oyster Plant Park, have been completed and work has begun on Fish Park.

With the city’s rapid growth and expansion, the time has come once again to update the plan and a public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at city hall to discuss what residents see as future needs and improvements.

“I don’t see this changing how we do business but we would love to have new ideas,” said Parks and Recreation director Mary McCluskey.

The parks plan provides an umbrella of direction for the next six years and the update is an opportunity for residents to speak up about what they’d like to see, McCluskey said.

“There are parts of the city like Noll Road and the east side of town where we’re going to be looking at open spaces,” she said.

At the last meeting, which was held in February, representatives from the Poulsbo Farmers Market raised the idea of having the market in one of the city’s parks, she noted.

Frisbee golf is another idea that has been mentioned that may fit in one of the city’s existing parks.

Those unable to attend Monday’s meeting can e-mail suggestions to McCluskey at mmccluskey@cityofpoulsbo.com.

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