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Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version II Individual Professional/Student Edition

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-911-6

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

Copyright year: 2018

Edition: 3rd

Other Formats: eBook

pages: 73

The Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide Version II provides 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 Full 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? 

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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