The city relies heavily on Forsyth Park for passive and active recreation, farmers’ market, events, etc. This heavy use takes a toll on the park. The Master Plan will guide the preservation, maintenance, and development of the park for generations to come.
It is helpful to remember that all parks, especially urban parks, change over time to meet the needs of the community they serve. Forsyth Park has evolved since its establishment in 1841. Its use and character have changed dramatically over generations. What makes this moment so important is that this is the first time the Park will have a Master Plan to guide its evolution and that the City is asking its residents to voice their opinions so that future changes are based on the collective vision of the community.
A few current challenges facing the park:
- The existing tree canopy requires attention to prolong the health of the trees; the park needs a plan to ensure future generations enjoy the same shady canopy cover.
- The lighting in the park is very old and in poor condition; the park needs a comprehensive lighting plan to improve safety and usability.
- Stormwater does not drain properly in sections of the park; the park needs a plan to accommodate and upgrade stormwater run-off.
- Bikes and pedestrians are constantly in conflict; the park needs a plan to separate bikes and pedestrians.