Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries told The Brazil Times part of the second half of the plan is to formulate an action plan.
According to Jeffries, Park Supt. Bill Houck recently conducted an evaluation of everything at Forest, Craig and Wheeler parks, including anything that needed repaired or anything that was not functioning properly.
Jeffries said the board will now take the evaluation and formulate the action plan, which will be added to the five-year plan.
On Thursday, the board went through Houck's evaluation.
"This is just a guide for us," Jeffries said. "It gives us something to go by so we can make goals and objectives each year. We've worked so hard to get the parks in the shape they're in."
According to Jeffries, Forest Park needs the most improvements.
"There's a lot of things we need to address," she said. "It's really going to need some repair work. There's so much more over there. There's so much more activity going on over there. It's kind of a never-ending as far as maintenance goes."
Jeffries said suggested improvements include repairing the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain at the front entrance of the park.
"It's really going to need some repair work," she said.
In addition, she said the tennis courts at Forest Park will have to be resurfaced, estimating the cost at $50,000 to "do it right."
She said Craig and Wheeler parks are in need of minimal repairs at this time.
Once the five-year plan is completed by the board, they will submit it to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Jeffries said the plan would be submitted to the organization in order to help the board apply for grants to help pay for repairs.
"Without (a five-year plan) in place, you cannot apply for grants," Jeffries said. "The big projects will have to be done with grant money."
Jeffries added the goal this year is to "maintain," especially with the economic crunch many cities and towns -- including Brazil -- are going through.
The first half of the plan had to be presented to DNR by Jan. 15. Jeffries said the board received it back recently and it had been approved with a few modifications.
She said the second half of the plan must be turned into the DNR by April 15.
"Once it's approved, then the board can apply for grants," Jeffries said.
During its March meeting, the board intends to have the final plan presented for public approval and suggestion.