Vision Iola process begins

The Vision Iola Master Plan, a six-month planning process that will look at community enhancements for the downtown business district, parks and trails and community identity and signage will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The meeting will be at the Little Theater of the Recreation Community Building of Riverside Park. The public is invited.
David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, which is working with the city to develop the plan, is heading the meeting. Assisting will be consultants from Landworks Studio of Olathe.
Toland said the meeting will begin with an overview of why the Vision Iola plan is necessary. Population loss and Iolans’ health conditions will be a major theme, Toland said.
Citizen groups will meet in February to tackle signage and city identity; in March to look at improving downtown; and in April to look at parks and trails, including sidewalks. Community input is a vital component of the planning process, Toland said.
Toland stressed that participants need not live in Iola’s city limits to participate.
“If you consider yourself an Iolan, you’re welcome to attend,” he said.
Sandwiches will be served at the meeting. A Web site detailing Vision Iola also will be unveiled at the kickoff.