Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version I - Agency-Educator Edition - Print
Agency/Educator Full Edition
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This guide is intended to offer university instructors and/or smaller community public agency leaders an affordable step-by-step blueprint of how to prepare a community-wide systems master plan for parks and recreation agencies.
The authors are professional parks and recreation planners who have conducted more than 450 community plans around the U.S.
The guide describes how most tasks can be completed in house, while some tasks, such as a statistically valid community survey, may be most effectively and efficiently completed as contracted or partnered services.
It provides an overview of the potential decision to contract with an independent third party, such as a professional park, recreation, and open space management consulting firm, which can provide unbiased credibility to the planning process, but may be cost prohibitive for smaller agencies.
Suggestions for successful decision-making, community and stakeholder engagement, innovative inventory, programming analysis, technological tools, financial analysis, and an appropriate approval process are included.
This Version I Full Guide is written for instructors wanting to fully understand and teach a comprehensive master planning process, and/or for agency leaders who may not have access to adequate funding to hire an effective third party firm to complete a thorough public process and master plan but still need a plan to help their agency set long-range goals and run effectively and efficiently.
This Full Guide includes 18 valuable appendix resources, such as questionnaires, matrices, invitation and inventory templates, and other sample documents to help fully implement a comprehensive planning process.
Chapter 1: Why a Master Plan?
Planning – Why Do We Do It?
Planning − Why Do We Dread It?
Community Comprehensive Plan
Agency System-Wide Master Plan
Sequence of Work
Master Plan Elements
Chapter 2: Start Up
Articulation of the Purpose of the Plan to the Governing Body
Securing the Funding for the Plan
What if We Contract the Plan Out to Consultants?
Chapter 3: The Planning Context
A. Vision − Purpose, Values, and Mission
B. Planning Context
C. Methodology of the Planning Process
D. Timeline for Completing the Plan
Chapter 4: Assessment of Community Need
A. Community Profile, Demographics, and Trends Analysis
B. Community Engagement and Input
C. Compilation of Needs Assessment Findings
Chapter 5: Inventory, Analysis, and Forecasting Needs
A. Inventory of Assets and Lands
B. Level of Service (LOS) Analysis
Chapter 6: Programming and Management Practices
A. How to Manage – Findings Related to Administration and Oversight
B. Findings Related to Programs and Operations
C. Planning and Design
D. Marketing and Communications
E. Information Management and Technology
G. Assessment of Other Providers and Partnerships in the Service Area
H. Finances and Traditional Funding
Chapter 7: Goals and Recommendations
A. Recommendations and Action Plans
B. Sub-Sections for Focus and Justification
Chapter 8: Supporting Documents. 61
Chapter 9: Putting the Master Plan Together
Chapter 10: Exploration of Other Potential Plans
Specific Public Involvement Plans
Division Work Plans
Public Art Plan
Parks, Trails, Facilities, and Open Space Plans
Chapter 11: Glossary of Terms