Tempe city officials revealed their blueprint for the future of the municipal parks and recreation system throughout the community --- but the final decision rests with City Council.
Early last week city staff presented its strategic master plan, which updates the previous 2001 Parks and Recreation master plan and outlines a 10-year plan for the city, according to a city staff report.
This draft will be used to guide future planning and to provide an approach to evaluating all of Tempe’s amenities that fall under the parks and recreation umbrella, the report states.
Officials at City Hall say they are seeking to set high standards for those amenities and programs by trying to achieve either “Very Satisfied” or “Satisfied” rankings by members of the community.
The city is also looking to increase community engagement with the parks and recreation draft. Tempe has held multiple meetings and forums along with studies to add to the continuing development of diverse community engagement, according to the staff report.
The plan will also look to add additional facilities as it relates to parks and recreation as the demand for more public parks and facilities is predicted to increase in the future, city officials say.
The draft of the master plan will be instituted with four guiding principles, which are: Inclusion, resilience, strategy and sustainability.
Before Tempe can come to finalization of the master plan, the city will seek formal City Council adoption in a future City Council yet to be determined, but anticipated to take place at the end of the current fiscal year.