By Kiera Morgan
The Lincoln City city council held a public hearing to receive public comment regarding adoption of the 2016 Lincoln City Parks and Recreation System Plan. This is a 20-year plan for parks and recreation. Debora Nicholson Senior Planner told the council that she brought the plan before the planning commission who gave a unanimous recommendation to adopt as well as the cities park board. With approval the city will replace the old parks policies with the newly adopted ones. The idea is to provide a plan to guide and prioritize the needs of local residents. The plan calls for providing areas of high intensity recreation, while maintaining open space for passive recreation.
During public comment citizens encouraged the council to adopt the plan. Some of the items that the public noted that they would like to see would be neighborhood parks that are within walking distance for families from their homes. Having a dog park is also a high priority for the plan. Also suggested was establishment of a teen center offering recreational opportunities that are also out of the weather and adult mentorship. After reviewing all the information and hearing public testimony the council unanimously adopted the 2016 Lincoln City Parks and Recreation System Plan as part of the Lincoln City comprehensive plan.