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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.30 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan The Parks and Trails Plan Map should be used as a guide for community park locations as new locations are needed. The Citys new tract of land along State Highway 121 should be the first new location for a community park. An in-depth examination of needs related to active league play should be conducted. Local citizens involved in various types of league play including little league and adult sports should be asked to provide specific input on needs. Such information should then be used to create a master plan for a community park on the new tract of land along State Highway 121. Policy 6 Use Floodplains and Creek Areas for Parks and Trails The City is fortunate to have many beautiful floodplain and creek areas that can be integrated into the local park and trail system. Melissa is bounded to the east and west with large floodplains and major creeks. These natural features can become key components of a City-wide framework of trails. PT6.1 The City should ensure that 100-year floodplains and creeks are protected by making them part of the park and trail system. This policy should apply to creeks and tributaries that drain 75 acres or more.6-6 o Drainages within Melissa are the Throckmorton Creek in the Northwest Sector the East Fork of the Trinity River along the West boundary the Fitzhugh Branch in the South Central Sector the Clements Creek which drains the Central Sector and Stiff creek located in the East Sector as well as Sister Grove Creek drainage area. o Many of the creeks should be developed into future parks and open space for the City. All 100-year floodplains should be preserved with a minimum of fifty feet in width see Figure 6-4. The floodplain areadrainage way just west of Interstate Highway 75 provides a major opportunity for a nature trail. This is a wide area is heavily treed and has much varying topography. A trail at least 10 feet in width in this location could also be 6-6 This policy from the previous Parks and Recreation Master Plan should be continued.