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Citizens give input on survey; Public hearing to be conducted

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FERRIS – After conducting a survey with 1,100 parents of students attending the Ferris Independent School District, the Ferris Park Board saw a demand for a public swimming pool.

The survey, part of a master plan to help better develop the needs and wants of its residents, had 22 options to be ranked in priority including the library, baseball field and swimming pool.

Out of 1,100 passed out, 370 surveys were returned.

The top five priorities returned were: 1. Swimming pool, 2. Basketball Court, 3.Aerobic/Fitness Center, 4.Recreation Center and 5. Soccer Fields.

“We needed to create a master plan to get an overview of what we had,” said Economic and Main Street Director Chuck Dart.

“The master plan enables us to apply for larger funding from the Texas Parks and Wildlife.”

With help of GrantWorks Consultant Martha Drake at the Wednesday, Dec. 15 parks board meeting, the city and board’s master plan, including current parks and available land for use, will be submitted to the TPWD by May 31.

A town hall meeting to discuss the residents’ priorities will be set at a later date.

“We understand not every resident has a child going to school and we want to make sure everyone has a chance for their voice to be heard,” said Dart.

The 2011 Ferris Park Board consist of: Rawley Sanchez, Darlene White, Cliff Hook, Bruce Fowler and Phillip Davis with Youth Advisors Gabriella Buba and Kassandra Huetra.

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