City seeks community input on future of recreation in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – You might see city staff members on your next trip to the local park or coffee shop.

The city is working to gather community feedback, which will help shape recreation in Savannah for years to come.

It’s all part of the Recreation RE-iMAGINED initiative led by three city departments and more than 60 employees.

“The future of recreation is going to look so much different than the programs, services and facilities to which we have become accustomed,” said Chief Community Services Officer Taffanye Young.

An online survey is also available.

“This outreach effort is key to that future, as we ask Savannahians to work with their City to anticipate and meet the future recreation needs and wants of our entire community,” Young said.

Part of the initiative involves developing a 10-year plan for improving recreation and leisure in the Hostess City.

“We are in the business of providing the highest level of service to our citizens. We know a lot of people move to Savannah in large part for our parks and for our facilities and so we just want to ensure that we putting our best foot forward,” said Kelly Ledbetter, the director of Recreation and Leisure Services at the City of Savannah.

Ledbetter hopes to get feedback on how to improve facilities and enhance programs.

When Ledbetter and his team are done collecting feedback at the end of June, it will be assessed and presented to the mayor and city council for review.

WSAV News 3 visited Daffin Park where residents suggested improved lighting, more community events, more public art and a place to grill food.

“We have the beautiful trees, the long branches the Spanish moss, but at night we have lights but we need more lighting for safety,” said Betty Schwarz.

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