Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, June 14, 2013

DC parks master planning process

The following is the press release from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the DC Office of Planning (OP), in collaboration with consulting firm AECOM, announced a new city-wide initiative titled "The Parks and Recreation Master Plan" for the District of Columbia. DPR, OP and AECOM have been working together with 30 additional government, community and private sector organizations to develop the beginning phase of the District's Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This plan will guide a new, bold and strategic vision for advancing the District's parks and recreation resources and help District residents, workers and visitors Move, Grow, and Be Green.

All District residents are asked to participate in planning the District's park system for the next ten years. A variety of outreach tools including an online forum, public workshops, and an official "launch" at Mayor Gray's One City Summer Kickoff, held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at RFK Stadium (Lots 6 & 7) will be available to engage citizens, collect feedback and gather information to create the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan project team is interested in hearing residents' ideas on the District's overall parks system, including what is working well, areas that could use improvement, and large-scale ideas to be considered for implementation over the next ten years.

Listed below are the dates for the first three scheduled public workshop dates to introduce the Master Plan project to District Residents and gain their input through a series of interactive exercises:

Monday, June 17, 2013
Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE)
7 pm - 9 pm
(Conveniently located near the Deanwood Metro Station - Orange Line)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW)
12 pm - 2 pm
(Conveniently located near the Judiciary Metro Station - Red Line)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th Street, NW)
7 pm - 9 pm
(Conveniently located near the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro Station -
Green Line)

For anyone unable to attend the workshops, please visit the Parks and
Recreation Master Plan project website, PlayDC .

The website will be able to provide constituents with background information, access to the online survey, and a link to the online forum, Let's Play DC.

The planning process for the master plan is expected to wrap up in early 2014; however a number of public outreach events will be scheduled throughout the process. The goals of the master plan include:

1. Establishing a clear understanding of the current conditions of all the District's parks, recreation centers, and outdoor facilities;

2. Assessing the current programs available at all parks and recreation centers;

3. Identifying challenges and service gaps;

4. Developing and proposing solutions that are:

i. Phased for short- and long-term implementation over the next 10 years,

ii. Based on sound and detailed analysis that is inclusive and responsive to District residents,

iii. Grounded in community input and industry best practices that improve public services and reduce costs,

iv. Committed to improving the District's ability to protect and preserve historic resources,

v. Clearly adhering to city-wide goals identified in Mayor Gray's One City Action Plan, including economic strength and diversification, education and workforce preparation, sustainability, and quality of life.

Please visit PlayDC for up-to-date information on the master planning process and ways the public can help to shape the future of DC's parks and recreation system.



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