City of Tyler seeks input on parks, open space, recreation; lakes for Tyler 1st Plan

City of Tyler:

TYLER (KYTX) - As part of the Tyler 1st comprehensive planning process, the City of Tyler is seeking input from residents about the future of Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Lakes in our community.  Residents may provide input in two ways:

  • By taking a quick survey on the City of Tyler website. Go to
  • At a Public Open House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 16 at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St.

The purpose of the survey and public open house is to seek citizen input on the importance and quality of Parks and Open Space as well as future needs. City officials will analyze the input and incorporate the citizen feedback into their decision process during the Tyler 1st Comprehensive Plan update. 

Tyler 1st is the City's comprehensive plan.  It was originally adopted by the City Council on Nov. 14, 2007 after nearly 18 months of community involvement and input. This 20-year plan created a strategic framework for future actions for the City and defines a vision for the future linked to overall goals and policies.  The plan contains strategies and action items for achieving the goals.

To view the original Tyler 21 Plan, visit:

The plan calls for annual reports to City Council on the status of implementation as well as a comprehensive review every three to five years to revisit the vision, goals and principles.  A steering committee has been appointed by Mayor Barbara Bass to oversee this five-year update to the plan. The committee is meeting monthly to review each chapter of the plan and to determine what revisions are needed to align the plan with changing community dynamics. 

"We have already started preliminary work and analysis and are eager to involve the community in updating the plan," said City Planner Heather Nick.  "Getting citizen input is critical to ensuring the plan reflects the vision of the entire community."

Tyler 1st addresses issues such as downtown revitalization, historic preservation, parks and recreation, transportation, housing and neighborhoods. For more information on Tyler 1st, visit the City of Tyler web site or


Background on Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Lakes:

Parks offer opportunities to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Parks have long been recognized as key contributors to the aesthetic and physical quality of neighborhoods. Today, we realize that parks are more than recreation and visual assets to communities; they are valuable contributors to larger community policy objectives, such as public health, youth development, social and cultural exchange and community building.

At the community level parks play a special role, they have something to offer everyone from young children and teens, to families, adults and the elderly; their presence can also be a cohesive force. They are more than places to recreate and relate to nature; parks can also offer a multitude of opportunities to engage in arts and music. A park can be a community focal point, a symbol of its vitality and character, adding to its overall health, well-being and quality of life.

Tyler's developed park acreage of seven acres per 1,000 residents is slightly below average for a city of its size. Tyler has fewer neighborhood parks, community parks, and regional parks than recommended by national recreation organizations. Tyler has approximately 40 miles of walking trails throughout the City for walking, running and biking throughout the area.


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