Neosho citizens will be asked for their input on sports-related parks programs during a special town-hall type meeting Thursday night.
The information-gathering session will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lampo Community Center, 500 E. Spring St.
Hosted by the city in conjunction with Kansas City-based Land3 Studio, the stated purpose of the meeting is to "discuss and gather public comments to establish the need for athletic sports programming, ascertain citizens vision for future sports programs and needs in Neosho, document the current extent of sports participation, document the strengths and weaknesses of existing programs, evaluate local trends, and document community values that would affect future development."
In May, the city council approved a $7,350 contract with Kansas City-based Land3 Studio for a focused needs assessment study of the city's parks, mostly as it relates to athletics. Though Land3 originally came up with a seven-component scope of services, the council has only approved the needs assessment as of now.
Neosho City Manager Troy Royer has previously said that the parks needs assessment study would open the city up for grants that it has not been eligible to apply for before. Some funding sources want to see a comprehensive plan just for parks, Royer has noted.
Tonight's public meeting is an important step toward developing that plan, Royer indicated.
"I just encourage everybody to come out and give your input and help us develop our parks programs," Royer said Tuesday.
For more information, call 451-8050 or 451-8090.