Less People Satisfied With Odessa Parks, Master Plan In The Works 10/23/13
CBS 7 News
October 23, 2013
ODESSA-While many enjoy Odessa’s parks, some would like to see major improvements. A new public survey shows some people are not happy with parks.
A recent online survey says more people than ever before are not happy with Odessa’s parks, the city says they are working on a new master plan.
From skateboarding to baseball to playgrounds, Odessans enjoy many parts of parks every day. It's been a decade since they were surveyed about their parks. This time around, 30 percent less people said they were satisfied and hundreds more say they are flat out dissatisfied.
"Now there are more expectations of the park system and we have a huge influx of people,” said Odessa Parks and Recreation Director Steve Patton.
Patton says the drought is partially to blame -- parks just aren't as pretty as they were in 2003. A master plan is in the works, with at least $22 million in renovations to existing parks.
"People need recreation, they want more recreation programs,” Patton said. “There are five parks that have no playground equipment.”
West Odessan Melanie Galindo brought her daughter to Sherwood Park -- she says her neighborhood is forgotten when it comes to parks.
"No, there are no parks in West Odessa,” Galindo said.
High on the list of new additions include new parks, a dog park, playground equipment and more baseball practice fields.
"I would like to see more money spent for baseball,” said Midland Resident Harry Susan.
There is $55 million in certified obligations already set aside for streets and parks.
Just over 1,000 people responded to the survey, far more than in 2003.