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Natural Resource Planning
Fishers Parks Master Plan
The Community Development and Parks & Recreation departments have begun an update to the Parks Master Plan. The document will articulate a long- term vision for Fishers’ park system. It will make recommendations on the types of parks that are needed, acquisition of new parkland, enhancing connectivity between parks and key destinations and the optimization of park resources. 

In 2014, a park inventory was completed. It assessed the existing conditions at every park in the City and made recommendations for potential changes in the future. The inventory informs the development of the Master Parks Plan. In addition, a survey was completed asking residents a myriad of questions related to Fishers Parks. The results of this survey will help lay the foundation for the development of the long term vision for the City’s park system.
The first phase draft is available here.

Low Impact Development
Every residential and commercial development in Fishers is required to implement standards to prevent flooding, regulate runoff, and preserve water quality. Typically, these low impact development standards are met with structured and mechanical systems, such as drainage ponds and filtering devices that must be regularly maintained. The City of Fishers Departments of Public Works and Community Development are working together to implement standards that would allow natural systems, such as planted drainage swales, to be used in place of some, or all, of the mechanical systems that have been traditionally used. Using natural systems helps to remove more chemicals from the water runoff while reducing or eliminating the need for pipes and retention ponds. These standards are to be implemented in 2015.

Parks Master Plan – 2010

The current Parks Master Plan was approved by Council in 2010. It provides a review of the City’s parks system and assesses future needs. The Parks Master Plan will be updated in 2015-2016.

Urban Forestry
Planning staff work very closely with the Department of Public Works and Fishers Parks & Recreation to plan for the future health of the city's valuable tree canopy. Staff from these departments oversee an urban forestry program and maintain the preferred planing guide.