Parks and recreation facilities not only enrich the lives of those in the community, but also can improve the aesthetics of neighborhoods, increase property values, generate tourism, and enhance the overall image of the County. The County acknowledges the need to phase in parks and recreation facilities in order to keep pace with its population growth. The policies of the Recreation and Open Space Element in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan required the County to prepare, in cooperation with appropriate agencies, a Recreation Master Plan to guide the development and maintenance of County parks and recreation facilities.
Long-Range Recreation Planning
Nassau County has engaged Barth and Associates to assist in long-term recreation planning for the County.
Join us for community outreach events regarding the Recreation Master Plan in January 2020!
- - January 29, 2020: Yulee Middle School at 6pm
- - January 30, 2020: Callahan IFAS Building at 6pm
The Recreation Master Plan will analyze level of service standards and inventory the County’s current parks system. It will recommend guidelines for the size, timing and phasing of parks in the County by using population trends and projections. It will also consider what types of parks and recreation facilities are most appropriate in individual communities based on public input.
The Recreation Master Plan will be used to create a long-range financially feasible plan for the identification and acquisition of land for recreational purposes. The plan will include criteria for, and priority ranking of, lands for acquisition and development. It will consider existing and potential funding sources as well as programs for implementation and capital improvements for future parks and recreation facilities.
Other Recreation Planning Efforts
On August 15, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to proceed with three tasks:
- Update County Recreation Impact Fees. **New recreation impact fees were adopted by the BOCC in October 2019.
- Update County Comprehensive Plan.
- Update County Land Development Code.
On February 25, 2019, Dr. Barth and PEO staff presented an update on work to date, including work related to recreation impact fees and level of service planning.