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Community partners leading The Wellness Project of North Platte are seeking public hearing participants to assess park, recreation and wellness opportunities within the North Platte community. A public hearing will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the McKinley Education Center, 301 W. F St. in North Platte.
The primary purpose for the hearing is to find out what people find, good and bad, about existing parks, recreation and wellness opportunities in the community, North Platte city manager Jim Hawks said.
The hearing will also be an opportunity to plan and prioritize as a community how to strengthen and/or develop parks, recreation and wellness opportunities over the next decade, Hawks said.
The results of the hearing will be used by the community wellness group to develop a needs assessment for North Platte parks, recreation facilities, trails and wellness services.
The Wellness Project of North Platte wants to engage the North Platte community in determining what man-made or natural assets, programs and services are needed to enhance wellness and recreation in the community.
The recreation and wellness initiative derived from preliminary work of the wellness committee and the general goals that are outlined in the 2011 North Platte Comprehensive Plan.
Created through an agreement between the city and several agencies (Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp., the Lincoln County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation), the project team is comprised of representatives from 10 wellness and recreation stakeholder groups including:
• City of North Platte
• Great Plains Regional Medical Center
• The North Platte physician community
• North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce & Development
• Lincoln County Convention & Visitors Bureau
• North Platte Public Schools
• Union Pacific
• Walmart Distribution Center
• Mid Plains Community College
• Area fitness centers
The Wellness Project of North Platte has engaged the help of Green Play, a consulting firm in Denver, to help the community undertake a comprehensive process designed to develop a statistically significant wellness, parks and recreation needs assessment.
The $41,000 cost of the study will be paid by private donations, not from city funds, according to an agreement authorized in November by the city council.