SCHERERVILLE | Creating the Schererville parks department's new five-year master plan isn't a quick process.
Schererville has been gathering and preparing information for the document for months.
The department is developing the plan with The Arsh Group, which is establishing a draft, said John Novacich, parks superintendent.
The draft must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources by Jan. 15, Novacich said. He doesn't anticipate problems meeting that deadline.
Creating a new five-year plan is required for the parks department to be eligible for grants from the DNR.
DNR officials will review the draft. They could provide suggestions for items that should be included in the new plan, Novacich said.
Schererville would finalize the document after it is returned from the state department. The town must adopt the new plan in April, but Novacich thinks it will be adopted in March.
Novacich said the master plan will include goals to update playground equipment at parks facilities.
He said five to six parks received new playground equipment during the last two years. There are other facilities which have equipment that is about 20 years old, and the town would look to replace equipment at those facilities.
The parks department had a public meeting and offered a survey in which residents provided their opinions of parks facilities and programs.
During the public meeting, parks officials learned youth organizations would like upgrades to softball and soccer facilities.
Through the surveys, some residents have asked for extensions to the trail system in Schererville, Novacich said.
Information received from the public meeting and surveys will be included in the new master plan, he said.
The document also will include goals to finish projects the town already has started, such as the Perry Ferrini Dog Park.
That facility opened in August. The parks department plans to add a parking lot there, Novacich said.