Citizen input is needed on proposed upgrades to Richmond Hill Park.

Citizen input is needed on proposed upgrades to Richmond Hill Park.

Community members are asked to answer online survey questions about possible changes to the park.

The survey, which can be found at, will be available through Friday, Feb. 9.

Ten tennis courts, expanded soccer fields, pickleball courts, additional picnic shelters, a children’s play area, a walking trail and a dog park are all among the possibilities for Richmond Hill Park.

After receiving requests for updates and changes to Richmond Hill Park from various interested parties, including soccer, tennis and pickleball supporters, city officials decided to evaluate the park.

Instead of attempting to piecemeal together a plan for the park, the city hired a landscape architecure firm to explore possibilities.

Hitchcock Design Group representatives toured the park, met with community members and listened to community input before designing a preliminary plan.

The proposed plan for Richmond Hill Park would leave the Barn Theatre and the Stone Field baseball diamond exactly as is.

The site’s current tennis court facility could be expanded to include 10 courts if the parking lot to the south of the courts is narrowed.

Under the proposed plan, only five of the 10 courts would have lighting, but the additional courts would allow the high school to host tennis tournaments.

The existing large enclosed shelter near the courts could be expanded to include restrooms and a concession stand.

Near the tennis courts could be two other courts which the public could decide to either make pickleball courts or basketball courts.

The existing playground could be replaced and expanded, allowing space for a potential splash pad

A covered picnic shelter east of the Barn Theatre was destroyed last year when a tree fell on it during a storm. That shelter area could be replaced with a gazebo shelter.

With Hitchcock’s plan, the two softball fields used by the church softball league would be removed to make room for additional soccer fields. City officials said there has been discussion of moving the church softball games to Bollen Fields.

A new restroom and concession area would be built near what is today the softball concession area.

In total, seven soccer fields of various sizes could fit at Richmond Hill

The western edge of Richmond Hill Park would have space for an enclosed dog park.

The proposed plans encompass the park area west of Stewart Street. The disc golf and sledding hill areas would remain the same.

An asphalt walking trail would wind its way through the re-designed portion of the park.

Additional amenities such as an amphitheater stage, outdoor exercise equipment and picnic game areas were all featured on the plan.

In several areas, parking was expanded or reconfigured to add additional spaces. Water retention areas were incorporated into the design.

City officials previously emphasized that the public would be central to any decisions made.

“This is not going to be a city plan. This is a plan based on input for the public,” said city administrator Lisa Kotter.

“We’re not saying we should go out and spend $5 million. We’re saying we don’t know what can be done at the park if we don’t know what will fit,” she explained.

Having a plan in place with rough cost estimates will allow the city to work with booster groups, corporate donors, other taxing bodies and private individuals to fund elements of the plan, said Kotter. A plan also gives the city a starting point when applying for grants.