The future use and needs of Riverside’s parks will be the subject of a series of meetings beginning Thursday conducted by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, which is seeking public input on what should be included in the comprehensive parks master plan.

“Once complete, this document will help guide future policy decisions, projects and the future of our parks system and recreational programming,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said.

The “Vision 2030” master plan will establish a strategic approach to managing the 16 miles of recreational trails, 63 undeveloped and developed park properties, regional reserve recreational spaces and wilderness areas, according to city officials.

“Riverside’s parks are a major reason for the high quality of life in our city,” Councilman Chris MacArthur said. “On behalf of the Riverside City Council, I encourage everyone to make their voices heard on the future of our parks system.”

Master plan community meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

— April 5, Dales Senior Center, 3936 Chestnut St.;

— April 5, Orange Terrace Community Center, 20010 Orange Terrace Parkway;

— April 12, Renck Community Center, 4015 Jackson St.;

— April 12, Arlanza Community Center, 7950 Philbin Ave.; and

— April 19, La Sierra Community Center, 5215 La Sierra Ave.

All the meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are expected to last about two hours, officials said.

The master plan is expected to go to print in August.

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