Tell us your bright ideas for the future of parks and recreation in San Luis Obispo!
The development of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Element Update has been identified as the top priority for the Parks and Recreation Commission. The City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan was last updated in 2001; it was adopted concurrently as a Parks and Recreation Element and Master Plan. It is out of date and its usefulness as a policy document is minimal. With new parks being proposed at a historically unprecedented rate in association with multiple residential projects in in the City, the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff lack current policy direction as well as data regarding the community’s current and future parks and recreation needs.
This not only impacts future parks and recreation resources, but also the operational needs of the City’s existing parks and facilities. During the most recent drought a need was identified to include sustainable operational practices in current and future parks so that water intensive plantings are minimized. A Parks and Recreation Master Plan with a thorough Community Needs Assessment component would address these issues, among many others.
PROJECT STRATEGY AND SCOPE
The primary objectives for this project are to assess the existing parks and recreation facilities in the City; identify the community’s needs, including levels of service and geographic service area deficiencies; and update goals, policies and programs that relate to providing parks and recreation services within the City.
The planning process includes four major components:
1. Setting the Stage: Planning Framework
2. Determining Community Needs
3. Developing the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (Plan)
4. Updating the General Plan Parks and Recreation Element (Element)
PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS
Staff is committed to keeping residents, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City Council up to date on progress, and aware of the opportunities available to provide input and to participate in collaborative public meetings.
ATTEND THE UPCOMING COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
WHEN: September 13, 2018 | 4-7 pm
WHERE: Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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