Memorial Park Master Plan

Follow the progress as the Village develops the Memorial Park Master Plan.

The Village of Warwick is developing a master plan for Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at Memorial Park Drive and Forester Ave.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic and others in the suggestion box at Village Hall or in the Virtual suggestion box.

What is a master plan?

A master plan is a document that sets the vision and goals for the park and guides all future decisions made about the park, including what should change and what should stay the same. That means that the master plan will outline the types of activities and changes that might be appropriate for the park over time, as well as where those changes will make the most sense based on the needs of the community and its goals for the park.

Why is a master plan important?

It is important that decisions made about our public spaces are transparent and clear, and aligned with our community’s vision for itself. Once the master plan is adopted, it will provide a “roadmap” to ensure that any future changes to the park are made according to the plan, which will be published and available for all to see.

When are we developing the plan?

The plan development process is taking place over the summer of 2022.

How are we developing the master plan and who is involved?

Step 1: Hire a landscape architect – complete

On May 16, 2022, the Village Board voted to hire landscape architect, Karen Arent (website), to develop the plan using feedback from our community. Ms. Arent also worked with the Village on the Stanley Deming Park Master Plan.

Step 2: Hold an initial public listening session – complete

The Village held a listening session at Veteran’s Memorial Park on May 22, 2022 to get initial feedback on the vision for the park. Click here to learn more about the listening session and its outcomes.

Step 3: Convene a stakeholder advisory group – in progress

The Village is in the process of assembling a stakeholder advisory group that is representative of all age groups (from teens up) and provides representation across our cultural and racial diversity in the Village, as well as organizations that do and could use the park.

Stakeholder advisory group responsibilities:

  • Liaison to other organizations
  • Consider and communicate the needs of our community
  • Problem solve and seek consensus toward solutions that will be best for our community
  • Provide a vetting point and opportunity to refine ideas that reflect the feedback we receive from the community
  • Help communicate about the plan process – what is happening and why

Our list of organizations and interests we are seeking to have some representation from is below. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic and others in the suggestion box at Village Hall or in the Virtual suggestion box.

  • Warwick Grove HOA
  • Homestead Village HOA
  • Warwick Skate Park Initiative
  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Cyclist Community
  • The “Wawayanders”
  • Albert Wisner Public Library
  • Warwick Little League
  • Warwick Football and Cheer
  • Highlander Rugby
  • Veterans
  • Warwick Playground Dreams
  • Warwick Fire Department
  • Senior Recreation
  • Warwick Lions Club
  • Warwick Rotary
  • Wickham Works

Step 4: Hold a series of meetings with the stakeholder advisory group – not started

The stakeholder advisory group will meet roughly biweekly for about three months to review and interpret community feedback before and after the development of the draft plan, help define opportunities and constraints at the park, and generally guide the development of the plan.

Step 5: Publish a draft of the Master Plan for public comment and hold a public meeting to review the draft plan – not started

Step 6: Publish and adopt the final Master Plan, integrating community feedback – not started