Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version II - Individual Professional/Student Edition - Print
Individual Professional/Student Edition
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Binding Type: Paperback
This Version II Summary Guide is intended to provide an affordable step-by-step outline manual for students or individual professionals wanting to learn how to prepare a master plan for smaller park and recreation agencies.
The authors are professional parks and recreation planners who have conducted more than 450 successful community plans around the United States.
This guide explains tasks can be completed by agencies and provides an overview of other tasks, such as a statistically valid survey, which may be most effectively and efficiently completed as contracted services, and why they are important.
In addition, 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.
Suggestions for decision-making, community and stakeholder engagement, innovative inventory and programming analysis, financial review, technological tools, and an appropriate approval process are included.
A full Version I Guide is also available separately, which 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
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