City parks and recreation department master plan draft reveals goals for new features, expansions


Greenfield Parks Dept. master gardener Joe Whitfield plants some new arrangements at Beckenholdt Family Park in this file photo. The department's master plan includes plans to possibly expand the nature park and add to its dog park area. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Dreaming of soaking up some rays beside a pristine pool? How about taking a hike along a nature trail?

Greenfield city officials are not only looking forward to spring, but they’re looking ahead to the next five years of improvements to the city’s parks.

The Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department recently released a draft of its new five-year master plan, which details goals ranging from new water features for Riley Pool to expanded trails at several city parks.

While the updated plan has been several months in the making and has already generated public feedback, city officials are welcoming more comments before the parks board gives final approval next month.

Ellen Kuker, parks director, said the plan – the culmination of several months of compiling public surveys, interviewing community stakeholders and holding open meetings – is something to work toward in the near future.

“The product that we’ve been given is a workable, realistic master plan,” Kuker said.

The plan lists each city park’s strengths and weaknesses, giving ideas on how they can be improved.

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