By BAILEY GATES
At its Nov. 14 meeting, the St. Peters Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance authorizing the creation of a master plan to enhance recreational services.
There are 25 parks in St. Peters that cover about 1,283 acres of land. The parks also offer a diverse array of recreational amenities, including pavilions, wireless Internet, athletic fields, 26 miles of paved trails, an outdoor pool, archery range, fishing ponds, an 18-hole golf course, two veterans memorial sites and more. The city is also home to the St. Peters Rec-Plex, which opened in 1994 and serves the community today as a home for year-round family recreation and athletic events.
The need for a Recreation Master Plan was brought to the Board of Aldermen by city staff as a means to assess the operations, programs and financial sustainability of the recreation services provided by the city.
According to the plan’s official ordinance, the city solicited proposals for a Recreation Master Plan to include an operational, program and financial assessment of the St. Peters Rec-Plex, the new Rec-Plex South building, and the outdoor pools to provide guidance for the future development and redevelopment of recreation programs, facilities and services.
On Oct. 2, the city evaluated proposals from four consulting firms for the development of the master plan. PROS Consulting, a business management consultant out of Indiana, was ultimately awarded the top recommendation. The firm has worked on more than 900 projects in 46 states, including master plans for parks and recreation departments, across the country.
The amount for the project is not to exceed $65,000 plus expenses for the Recreation Master Plan.