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Park Planning

Initial Steps

Over the years, the City of Newcastle has worked to develop its ability to provide better parks and recreation. As the city has grown, the city staff and Parks Board have collaborated on improvements to park offerings and recognized a need for better future planning and the need for professional guidance in this.

Recently, the City Council approved hiring Howard-Fairbairn Site Design (HFSD Landscape Architecture) to develop a master park plan for Veterans Park.

Park Survey/Community Feedback

As a part of this plan development, a community recreational needs survey has been established. This survey gives the community a chance to express things they would like to see at Veterans park and throughout the community. 

City staff will host public meetings and workshops to gather the community input. Howard-Fairbairn Site Design will then use the information they have collected from city staff, the parks board, community surveys and public meetings to establish a master park plan for Veterans Park.

Park Master Plan

Based on community feedback and staff guidance, Howard-Fairbairn Site Design will create a master park plan for Veterans Park.

The delivered plan will include an executive summary document which will include:

  • Analysis of the Existing Park Conditions
  • A Master Plan 'Concept' for Veterans Park containing
    • a plan view
    • character sketches
    • 3D aerial rendering
    • character images
  • Plan Implementation Phases
  • Probable Costs for Construction/Implementation

The first public planning meeting was held September 24, 2020. HFSD and city staff took questions and explained the initial proposals. (Initial HFSD Veterans Park planning document)

Municipal and Neighborhood Parks

Other parks within Newcastle can also provide recreational and cultural services to residents and visitors and enhance the quality of life in Newcastle. Planning for parks extends to enhancing and developing city and neighborhood parks. This begins by identifying needs, such as:

  1. Maintaining and improving physical assets of existing parks.
  2. Developing facilities and programs in parks to meet community needs.
  3. Improving access to existing parks.
  4. Promoting and increasing awareness of the value of parks.
  5. Developing new parks and facilities.
  6. Establishing agreements and standards for private parks and school parks.

Park Grants Timeline

Recent Improvements

2018 - Apache Oil Grant

400 trees donated, over 100 trees were planted by city crews and volunteers at Veterans Park

New Splashpad for 2020
2018-2019 - LWCF Oklahoma State Tourism Grants

Veterans Park Improvements, building a new splash pad w/perimeter fencing, restroom facilities, paved parking. Under construction with a 2020 completion date

2019 - TSET Grant

Veterans Park Improvements, new basketball goals, lights at basketball court, new inclusive swing, new wood chips at playground.

2019 – LWCF Grant

Veterans Park Improvements, approximately 2 miles of 10-foot wide asphalt pedestrian trails on Veterans Park expansion.  The trail will be striped and have benches, trash cans, picnic tables.

2020 - TSET Grant

Pinecrest Park Improvement, installation of all new goal setups