The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department is in the process of developing a comprehensive system plan for park facilities and recreation programs. The plan will evaluate current conditions of county parks, trails and programs and develop a plan for the long-term future of park operations, enhancements, development and recreational programming.
The Parks & Recreation Department is interested in learning what county residents and visitors think about the current system and what priorities they have for the future. The planning process is expected to be finished in December 2021.
There are two different ways the public can provide its input now through Sunday, August 29. You can take an online survey (approximately 10 minutes) by going to Wright County Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan Survey (surveymonkey.com). Comments can also be provided on an interactive online map at Social Pinpoint - Wright County Parks and Recreation System Plan (mysocialpinpoint.com) or the county or Parks & Recreation Facebook pages.
Additional input opportunities to comment on draft recommendations and priorities will be available in October or November. To stay up to date on the process of this project and future input opportunities, check for updates on the Parks & Rec web page (http://www.co.wright.mn.us/parks).
The Wright County Parks & Recreation system has an approximate value of $32 million – an asset that the county has developed over the last 42 years. It includes 32 public recreation areas consisting of 4,717 acres, three corridor trails totaling 12 miles in length, an environmental education facility, three campgrounds, picnic shelters, 70 miles of interior park trails (including 14.25 miles of mountain bike trails and 20 miles of equine trails). In addition, there are fishing piers, comfort stations/restrooms, numerous volleyball courts, disc golf courses, horseshoe pits, parking areas, roads and other park amenities.
The Parks & Recreation mission statement is “To enable citizens and guests to recognize, enjoy and appreciate the inherited natural and cultural resources of Wright County through preservation, enhancement and programming of varied outdoor recreational opportunities and activities.”
Wright County Parks & Recreation looks forward to getting public input as it moves forward with its updated comprehensive system plan.