Master Plan Launch: In October 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Bacon, Farmer, and Workman Engineering & Testing (BFW) for the development of a Parks & Recreation Master Plan. BFW will develop the plan with the assistance of Peck Flannery Gream Warren, Inc. (PFGW) of Paducah in addition to Brandstetter/Carroll of Lexington, the company that completed the 2002 Master Plan for the Parks Department which was updated in 2007.
The Master Plan process included the creation of a citizen steering committee and meetings with stakeholder groups, interactive public workshops, surveys, online engagement tools, and public presentations. The process also involved a review of previous studies and similar parks systems and the analysis of organizational structure, policies, and funding options.
Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson said, “When complete, the plan will provide a vision to guide the future growth, development, operations, and programs of the City’s parks and facilities, recreation and event programs, open spaces, and trail system. Your input is crucial in helping us create a comprehensive parks plan that includes the most desired services for our citizens and community.”
Preparing Final Documents: The Paducah Board of Commissioners and the McCracken County Fiscal Court held a joint meeting on December 17, 2019, to hear the latest on the completion of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Both elected bodies met in April and June to discuss the plan’s preliminary results. At the December meeting, Pat Hoagland with Brandstetter/Carroll, Inc. provided a summary of the process and final results. The 11-month process has included input from a Steering Committee and about 2600 contacts with city and county citizens ranging from mailed surveys to face-to-face input. Regarding the Steering Committee’s input, the top 10 priorities are
Hoagland said, “Think of this as the most positive service you provide for your citizens, parks and recreation, which helps people to enjoy their lives, which helps businesses want to come to Paducah-McCracken County. It helps people stay healthy. It gives them lifelong skills in sportsmanship, teamwork - all the things that help you in your entire life.”
In 2001, the City of Paducah contracted with consultant Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. for the development of the 2002 Parks Master Plan, a 206 page document. In 2008, the City contracted to amend the plan, 2008 Parks Master Plan Update.