Many Conway citizens do not live within walking distance of a park, and a group of PhD candidates from the University of Central Arkansas are working to identify those communities and create a plan for the future of Conway parks.
At a council committee meeting Sept. 24, students in the UCA Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership program presented the council with their work so far in developing a parks master plan.
“The overall scope of this project was first to do an inventory of the parks system and to identify the location of the parks, obviously, as well as the type of parks and the type of facilities that were there,” said student Craig Lindholm. “We also wanted to look at the current usage of the parks system in Conway.”
The group also looked at amenities that were available in the parks and the connectivity.
“What we mean by connectivity in this context is pedestrian connectivity,” he said.
The next phase of the project is to start with the actual development of the City of Conway Parks and Recreation Master Plan. For this, the group asked city council to help coordinate town hall meetings in each ward to get input from citizens about what parks are available and what is needed across the city.
The hope is to have the town hall meetings in October so the group can continue its work and have the plan development complete by spring 2014.