In 2006, SARA had published a parks plan for all the three counties of Karnes, Wilson, and Goliad, as well as a small part of Bexar County.
Driffill cites the many socio-economic changes that have occurred since 2006, due to factors such as the Eagle Ford Shale. SARA now has better assistance data than it did in 2006, when it was working with data from the 2000 census.
Now working with newer data from the 2010 census, SARA is working to “regroup and build another plan” in regards to parks and infrastructure within its jurisdiction.
The council members discussed city park improvement issues such as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility, lighting for walking/hiking trails, parking lot improvements, a creek bridge, conversion of old railroad tracks into hiking trails, flagpoles in parks, and also funding and permit issues.
The three council members stated to Driffill their desire to see the community infrastructure improve for its citizens, and also to attract outside tourism.
“Right now SARA is updating our master plan for parks within SARA’s district, which include Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties,” said Driffill after the meeting. “We’re with Karnes City council members today talking about what their needs are for their parks and communities in the future, and we can include those needs in the plan. Once we quantify those needs, we can start looking for implementation strategies, whether that be funding, grants, or other ways to build these parks so we can have a high quality of life in our communities.”