Public input needed on Seymour parks

Have you ever been to one of Seymour’s parks and thought it needed something more?

Maybe you would like to see more playground equipment for children with physical disabilities or more basketball and volleyball courts. How about tennis courts, a splash pad or a dog park?

The parks and recreation department needs to hear what residents want. As the city continues the process of updating its five-year parks master plan, public input is the most important part, said Stacy Findley, director of Seymour Parks and Recreation.

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By answering a brief online survey at, the public can help the city prioritize parks projects.

“Your input throughout the planning process is valuable to the city,” Findley said. “The feedback received will influence the decisions made for the future of Seymour.”

The survey asks where the person resides, their age, whether they use the parks and if so which one they use the most, what activities they are likely to engage in at the parks, how often they visit, what type of pathways they like and what improvements and programs they would like to see.

It also asks where pickleball courts should be located and where new parks should be developed.

Surveys need to be completed by June 30.

Besides guiding the development of the city, having an up-to-date master plan also helps the city access state and federal funding opportunities for the parks, Findley said.

Currently, the parks department is working with Administrative Resources association in Columbus on a parks inventory and identifying existing issues. Major areas of focus include accessibility, the Shields Park Pool and the need for more green spaces and parks facilities.

The board also is looking at possible future upgrades to the city pool, including the addition of a splash pad area and a new kiddie pool with more features similar to the Brownstown Pool.

Other projects that have been mentioned include an indoor recreational facility, additional basketball and volleyball courts, upgrades to Westside Park, more shelter houses, public art, new and repaired sidewalks, more trails and a sensory park with nature and conservation programming.

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To participate in Seymour Parks and Recreation’s five-year master plan survey, visit

For information about the city’s parks and recreation offerings, visit