Community Input Sought for Starke County Parks Comprehensive Plan

starke-county-courthouseThe consulting firm hired to craft a five-year parks and recreation plan for Starke County wants input from as many local residents as possible. The Mishawaka-based Troyer Group has come up with a survey to gauge usage of the county’s recreational areas.

Specifically they are looking at Bass Lake Beach and Campground, Koontz Lake, the Starke County Forest and the trail system as assets to the county. Having a draft five-year plan in place by Jan. 15 is a first-step to eligibility for grants from the DNR in 2017. The final plan is due to the state by April 15 and will serve as a priority action list based on community needs and demographics.

That’s a short turnaround, but Troyer Group representatives are confident they can deliver. They stress the importance of input from local residents as part of the process. The draft plan will be presented to residents in late January. Visit Starke County Parks and Recreation Survey to complete the questionnaire.