Posted on Wednesday October 03, 2012
Following the pavilion fire earlier this year, the Town has taken a fresh look at Walker Park and developed a plan to build an even better facility to support the recreational needs of Atoka. New features, expanded parking and trail connectivity are combined in a long range plan to improve Atoka's largest park.
Following the fire at the Walker Park pavilion earlier this year, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the development of a master plan to guide future growth and development of the Walker Park complex. The need for expanded facilities and additional recreational opportunities has become clear as residential growth has continued around the park. The master plan goal was to help identify ways that tomorrow's Walker Park could serve the community and become a focal point of an active, vibrant town.
The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) met with consultants from A2H Engineering to provide input on the types of recreational opportunities that are missing in Atoka. Ideas from that session included a splash pad feature, additional soccer and multi-use field space, a dog park and connectivity to Pioneer Park via the Master Trail Plan.
On Tuesday, October 2, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen received back and adopted the Walker Park Master Plan. The plan incorporates all of the feedback from the PRAB while also adding community garden space and a sand volleyball court. With the plan now adopted and in place, staff will begin work on a phasing plan that will allow the Town to work, over several budget years, on building out the park as planned. Having a master plan in place allows supports the Town's efforts in securing park-focused grant funding.
The Board is expected to review a proposed Phase I at the November 8 Board meeting. Phase I is expected to include restrooms, pavilion space and an expanded playground. Additionally, a splash pad may be considered as a part of Phase I.
To review the complete plan, click on the Document link above.