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Park Planning

Public planning launches for ‘Tinkers Creek Greenway’ and ‘Kent Bog Expansion’

Portage Park District is now seeking public input to inform plans for creating two new parks on properties acquired in recent years, currently known as the ‘Tinkers Creek Greenway’ and the ‘Kent Bog Expansion’. Portage Parks purchased two properties in 2017, and we are looking for input from the community on the types of amenities that will be added—including suggestions on a park name!

Visit the current park plans page for more information and meeting dates.

Morgan Park Trail Public Bid information – click here

Portage Park District Comprehensive Strategic Master Plan

The Portage Park District has developed a Comprehensive Strategic Parks Master Plan with the aid of professional consultants and public input. The purpose of the project was to develop a community-supported plan that provides guidance to the Park District over the next 10 years for improving and operating existing and future parks and trails and providing opportunities for appropriate public use and enjoyment. It is the primary implementation tool of the campaign promises made during the Park District’s 2014 levy campaign to: maintain and repair existing parks and trails; open almost 1,000 acres of currently inaccessible parkland; conserve critical natural areas for wildlife habitat and water quality protection; create new parks and trails across the county; provide opportunities for healthy recreation and education.

The Plan will guide policy development, prioritize needs and opportunities and generate a 5-year and 10-year strategic action plan with accompanying financial plans to be updated every three years. It will inform decisions regarding types of park facilities and trail development, new parkland acquisition, land management and programming. The plan expresses the Park District’s intentions to be good stewards of the public’s natural and financial resources through sustainable design and management that considers short and long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.

The Comprehensive Strategic Master Plan considers potential public and private partners, stakeholders and other facilities and programs within Portage County and in neighboring counties to determine shared opportunities and avoid competition and duplication of services.

Download the current Strategic plan Download