Rutherford County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan
Planning and Public Works Director Danny Searcy and Mr. Tim Johnson, Senior Planner from Destination by Design, presented the Rutherford County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan which outlined recreational infrastructure development and introduced strategic partnerships that will support a new vision for recreation in the County. Mr. Johnson reviewed the phases of the planning process which included the project launch and direction setting, discovery and analysis, public engagement and meetings, and finalization of the plan. As a result of the meetings, the recommendations for the focus areas were:
1. Multi-Use Soccer Complex
2. Paddle Trails
3. Thermal Belt Rail Trail
4. Greenways and Trails
5. Existing County Recreation Facilities
6. Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Center
7. Regional Trail Systems
From the comprehensive document:
Rutherford County leaders, with the support of the RHI Legacy Foundation and the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, recognize the need for parks and recreation facilities and programming that support quality of life for their residents and attract visitors to their region. The 2020 Rutherford County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan outlines recreational infrastructure development and introduces strategic partnerships that will support a new vision for recreation in the county.
In a collaborative effort the Master Plan leverages the county’s community assets similar to the Rails To Trails project.
RC Commissioner Chair Bryan King said:
“This Comprehensive Master Plan leverages the available recreational assets and available space throughout our community for the benefit of our citizens and their guests. With a County wide partnership and input with our towns, cities, and communities, we hope to achieve development of Park and Recreation assets that has been a long time in coming. I would like to thank everyone for their many hours of time, talent and hard work that brought us to this point.”