Checking in with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
February 28, 2019
by Shira Moch
Planning for the next 20 years for an entire city system may seem like a daunting task, but the outreach efforts for the Santa Monica Parks & Recreation Master Plan (PRMP) has been an enjoyable and engaging collaboration with a diverse array of community voices.
Since January 2018, the outreach team has invited input across the City via neighborhood associations, boards and commissions, and other community groups; at nine outreach booths at gathering places, neighborhood events, and farmers’ markets; and through nine interview sessions with community groups. An online map-based survey was shared to provide an easy way for residents and stakeholders to submit their responses. Feedback from more than 2,500 individuals provided insight on what is currently working, what should be improved, and what is missing in Santa Monica’s parks and recreation system.
This invaluable input culminated in a community-wide workshop last August, where an invigorating discussion on the emerging vision led to an identification of strategies for the future of parks and recreation in Santa Monica.
This month, residents are invited to continue their involvement by dropping by a community open house at Tongva Park. On Saturday, March 9, 2019 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., a series of interactive booths, a station dedicated to the Needs Assessment Report (a summary of what has been heard so far), and activities for all ages will make for a fun and informative trip to Tongva Park.
Follow the progress online, where you can find the Needs Assessment Report, background material, and plan updates. The release of the Draft Plan is planned for fall 2019 and Council consideration and adoption next winter.