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The master plan is more than just a capital investment plan. It includes recreation and educational program services, policy recommendations, service levels, revenue/sponsorship/cost recovery recommendations, and marketing. Park and Recreation updates the master plan every five years in an attempt to ensure services are closely aligned with the needs of our residents. It serves as a "blueprint" for future initiatives, facilities, and programs, as well as strategies for accomplishing the goals of the plan.
On March 24, 2014, Park and Recreation and a private consulting firm presented recommendations to stakeholders based on:
  • Community survey - a random household survey completed in September 2013, statistically significant to the 95% confidence level. The results of this survey set the foundation for the recommendations. (sample of results on slides 4-9);
  • National trends in recreation. In addition to the community survey, the consultant takes into account national trends which could potentially impact the need for more or less of certain types of amenities or programs in the future. (slides 11-15);
  • Input from our numerous partners, user groups, and advisory councils;
  • Consultants’ recommendations based on observations and national best practices;
  • And of course, YOU - anyone who uses our parks, nature preserves, greenways, aquatic facilities, recreation centers, or special facilities.
The presentation does not include all of the capital recommendations -- just some highlights (for example, the recreation center capital needs and recommendations are included in this presentation, but it does not go into detail on greenways, nature preserves, or parks). The final plan will contain details on all future capital projects being recommended.
Tell us what you think
Park and Recreation is collecting feedback on these recommendations in April. If you have a suggestion or comment regarding the future of the department, please click here.
Once comments and feedback are received, the final version of the master plan document will be published online. Similar to the 2008 Master Plan, found here, the plan will be presented to all six towns and the City of Charlotte, prior to final approval by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
Final approval is anticipated in June or July 2014.