The Park Plan process includes four phases, though the work will progress more quickly so that the final plan can be incorporated into the Land Plan.
Key Elements of the Park Plan
• Demands and Needs Analysis—The needs assessment for parks, recreation, open space, and trails will determine the demand for services from current and future residents. The assessment, in association with the inventory of existing facilities, will highlight potential areas of shortfall or oversupply and the condition of park assets. The blended engagement process will help identify satisfaction with park facilities and expectations for future improvements.
• Existing Inventory Assessment—Facility inventories will identify recreation facilities by their standard designation—neighborhood, community, or regional—with accompanying tables to show the number, condition, and type of athletic fields. Site visits will inform the assessment and help determine potential for expansion and levels of maintenance. Qualitative Level of Service maps developed with service area boundaries for existing parks, athletic fields, and open space parcels overlaid with data such as schools, private recreation facilities, and other leisure service facilities to determine community-wide access to facilities. These maps will help determine service gaps and the relationship of facilities to major population centers within the community.
• Alternative Design Concepts—Alternate plans for identified sites will be developed for further review as part of the broader community engagement process. A feasibility matrix will be developed to show potential facility enhancements, support for the enhancements, financial and operational implications, and alternative funding methods available. The matrix also will show potential resource needs to develop the site. This task will be focused on developing plans that are visionary and implementable.
• Development Plan—The Park Plan will be based on how well recommendations related to established goals and priorities, the ability of sites to satisfy current and projected needs, opportunities to link parks with other amenities in the City, and ways to preserve natural, scenic, and historic areas.
• Operations and Maintenance Analysis—An organizational review will be performed to determine the readiness of the staff to implement recommendations and to review existing maintenance and operational models. Personnel, barriers, and financing will be audited and analyzed.
• Other Implementation Measures—Existing zoning, development, and other pertinent ordinances will be evaluated for consistency with and opportunities to implement the Park Plan.
• Preferred Plan and Final Report—Documentation of the Park Plan will show how recommendations were developed and display the results in a concise, interesting format. The plan will shape the results of the prior analytical process into a master plan for guiding the short- and long-term future of parks, recreation open space, and trails in Mount Holly.