Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The Town of Parker’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space and Community Development Departments completed a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan in 2018.

Consultants from the Eppley Institute, an arm of the University of Indiana, performed a thorough analysis of Parker Parks and Recreation and provided recommendations regarding our future direction. Analysis included gathering data on the current state of the department; on-site visits to all parks, facilities and trailheads; interviews with staff and stakeholders; two community open houses, as well as a comprehensive community survey.

Community input is a vital component to the Master Plan process, and citizen input is one of the most important considerations in making decisions to move the department forward. A scientific survey was sent to a random cross-section of Parker residents in October of 2017. Citizens also had the opportunity to offer feedback and information in the form of an online convenience survey.

View an online version of the complete Master Plan here. A downloadable .pdf version is available here.

Town citizens, the Town Council, the Planning Commission and Town staff worked together to develop goals and strategies for the acquisition of open space and the development of our trail system. The goals and strategies are intended to set forth the framework for the acquisition, construction, management and maintenance of open space, open space facilities and trails. Click to view the Town of Parker Open Space, Trails and Greenways Plan