A “significant change in park usage and facility needs” has triggered proposed changes to the 2004 Walker Community Park Master Plan. The updates will be presented at the Jan. 14 Planning Commission meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

City staff will present the proposed changes to planning commissioners who may, after review, recommend changes to the project and may recommend City Council adopt a resolution approving those changes.

This will be the second public meeting that the updated plan is presented. City staff and consultants presented the new plan at the November 2020 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. Parks and Rec commissioners unanimously agreed to recommend City Council adopt a resolution to approve the changes.

In 2004, the city envisioned the acreage to be a central community park complete with various sports fields and courts, along with a new community center. Although that vision remains, changes are required to address the significant change in park usage and facility needs.

Currently, Walker Park consists of a lighted synthetic football field, two lighted natural turf soccer fields, bathroom facilities and a small parking lot. All these elements were part of Phase I of the Master Plan.

The rest of the original plan included a lighted Little League field, a lighted softball field, lighted tennis courts and basketball courts, as well as a community center, an interactive water feature and natural habitat, among other park features.

The proposed plan adds an additional baseball field, increased ball field lengths, bathroom and storage facilities, walking trails and the infrastructure to host tournaments.

City staff has been working with consultants from Psoma, a design firm, since June, reevaluating the 16-year-old Walker Park Master Plan.

Psomas was tasked to review the existing Master Plan, hold public meetings, collect public comments, make recommendations to update the existing Master Plan, and provide bid documents.

According to staff, the proposed updates do not include improvements that would create new or increased impacts to adjacent properties. The update does not create new environmental impacts.

The general public is encouraged to attend to provide input on the proposed project.

Public comments on the item can be submitted via email to cdpubcom@cityofgalt.org. Comments will be read during the meeting.

The public can join the electronic meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82345565351 (Webinar ID: 82345565351).

The public can call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter Webinar ID: 823 4556 5351# to listen to the meeting.