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Chapter Five

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implementation plan

Implementation of a new Level of Service criteria based

on desired experiences will include additional refinement

of activities and experiences based on public input and

further analysis. Using the public input and analysis from

the System Plan, the Department is developing new gap

analysis and search area models to determine areas of

need within the parks, recreation and cultural resources

system. Using this new Level of Service will require the

department to review and update its existing Facility Fee

Policy as identified in the Parks Sub-system Strategic Plan.

The benefit of an experience-based system is the ability to

remain flexible and provide better service to the community.

As a priority identified by citizens, a set of inherent park,

recreation and cultural experiences have been identified

that the city will prioritize equal access to for all citizens.

These experiences are grouped into two categories: core

neighborhood; and area-wide. Furthermore, the area-wide

experiences and activities are grouped into two types: ‘at-

will;’ or programmed. Programmed activities are traditional

types of recreation that are scheduled at specific times and

for specific activities. At-will activities encompass activities

that can be done at the user’s will. People are increasingly

interested in activities such as walking or biking that do not

require them to meet an exact schedule or to be coordinated

with large numbers of people.

Once gaps and areas of need are identified using the new

Level of Service Criteria, the department will conduct

further analyses to determine if needs can be fulfilled

through reinvestment in the existing system or through

partnerships. If neither is available, then the department

may look to acquire new property to provide identified

experiences. At this first step, only city-owned facilities or

operated programs are included as accuracy and availability

of data for other agencies and private providers is unreliable.

Future efforts will focus on working with other agencies to

include county, ctate and other providers in the criteria.

Distance or travel time standards are best based on

development patterns, street networks, bicycle/pedestrian

networks, and demographics in the community. As part of this

first step, a travel distance of one mile for core neighborhood-

based experiences will be evaluated. This distance is based on

survey results and public input from communitymeetings and

the System Plan website in which the majority of respondents

indicated a preferred travel distance of between 1/2 mile

and one mile. Department staff has identified preliminary

activities, based on public input during the SystemPlan, which

will be provided equally throughout the city. The activities

included in the core neighborhood-based experiences are all

‘at-will’ activities such as:

• Sitting outside, reading, contemplating, meeting

friends (socializing);

• Going to a playground;

• Informal open play (may include an open lawn); and

• Walking or riding a bike in a park or on a greenway trail.

Evaluation of these core neighborhood-based experiences

have been completed using the above criteria.

Map

Z

: Core-Experience Access Service Areas, includes a

combination of all four experiences, as well as, traditional

1/2-mile neighborhood park service area boundaries. The

map shows that through this analysis technique, a truer

service area can be identified for experiences because an

experience is not tied to a single park type.

Preliminary area-wide experiences have been identified

through the same means as core neighborhood-based

experiences. Unlike the neighborhood-based experiences

that are evaluated using a single travel distance of one

mile, area-wide experiences will use a range of distances

based on the type of amenity. This range may be from one

to five miles. Preliminary area-wide experiences include:

At-will Activities:

• Playing on an athletic field or court;

• Enjoying the outdoors or nature;

• Swimming in a public pool or aquatic recreation;

• River and lake-related activities;

• Exercising;

• Enjoying cultural opportunities.

Programmed Activities:

• Adventure

• Aquatics

• Arts

• Athletics/ Teams/

Leagues

• Educational Programs

• Fitness

• Nature

• Social Programs

• Programs

• Sports/ Tennis

5.3.2 Experience-Based System