The agency action plan moves the master planning process from the data collection phase to the data utilization phase. At this point the information collected is analyzed and specific strategies or actions are developed. These strategies identify individual agency actions, responsibilities and timetable for completion. The beginning of this process is to review the information provided from the population analysis, supply analysis and the standards analysis. The individual neighborhoods, districts or census tract segments will have identified either a surplus or deficiency of recreational facilities or resources. Once these have been identified the agency sponsoring the master plan will develop strategies or actions to achieve parity of recreational facilities or resources between various areas within the community.
Elements to be addressed in a Strategic Plan
1) Keeping the plan's recommendations realistic and achievable;
2) Identify adequate funding sources (private and public);
3) Create foundations for eliciting community support;
4) Plans will be completed in a reasonable time table (3, 5, 7 to 10 years).
5) Create incentives for private sector participation.
Action Plan Categories
The following categories represent the areas which may be addressed in developing strategies and action plans:
Sample Action Plan:
Park and Recreation Facilities
|Parks and Recreation Dept.||Sunnyside South: has no neighborhood parks with a deficiency of 4.90 acres. Two vacant parcels within the neighborhood suitable for recreation facility development.||Identify and acquire 5 acres within the neighborhood for a park by Fall, 2007.|
|Parks and Recreation Dept.||Mobile Haven: this neighborhood has a surplus of 10 acres.||Upgrade play equipment to meet ADA and CPSC requirements by Fall, 2007|
Open Spaces and Greenbelts
|Parks and Recreation Dept.||Open Space and Greenbelts: Maintain the minimum LOS for park lands at 11.07 acres per 1,000 population, with 50% designated as open space.||On-going|
|Parks and Recreation Dept.||Acquire right-of- way along the abandoned railroad between University Heights and Fort Tuthill.||Complete by Fall 2006|
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Establish new programs in: Teen Social Programs; Children's Programs; senior programs and Youth Camps.||Complete by Summer 2008|
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Create a competitive swimming program||Complete by Fall 2007|
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Develop maintenance priorities based on public safety, maximizing facility usage and promoting community pride.||Complete by Spring 2006|
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Prepare an Operation and Maintenance Program Guide dealing with personnel issues; equipment management; time and resource management; task specifications and cost analysis.||Complete by Fall 2007|
* Description of Operations and Levels of Maintenance
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Review organizational hierarchy||Complete by Summer 2007|
|Parks and Recreation Dept||Develop an annual review of the master plan for implementation and changes in the community.||On-going|
Reference: Wirth Design Associates. (1996, December). Long Range Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Flagstaff, AZ: Wirth Design Associates.
The Strategy and Action Plan is the most abstract component of the master planning process. The strategies and action plans should not be formalized at this point. It is not necessary to prioritize the strategies at this time. The agency action form is used as the primary planning data for community decision makers.
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