Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version I–Agency/Educator Edition
The Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version I offers 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.
The guide includes suggestions for successful decision-making, community and stakeholder engagement, innovative inventory, programming analysis, technological tools, financial analysis, and an appropriate approval process.
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?
Chapter 2: Start Up
Chapter 3: The Planning Context
Chapter 4: Assessment of Community Need
Chapter 5: Inventory, Analysis, and Forecasting Needs
Chapter 6: Programming and Management Practices
Chapter 7: Goals and Recommendations
Chapter 8: Supporting Documents
Chapter 9: Putting the Master Plan Together
Chapter 10: Exploration of Other Potential Plans
Chapter 11: Glossary of Terms