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Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version I–Agency/Educator Edition

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-909-3

Author(s): Pat O’Toole, Karon Badalamenti, Teresa Penbrooke, Chris Dropinski, Melissa M. Chew, Rob Layton, Chris Cares

Copyright year: 2018

Edition: 3rd

pages: 172

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


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