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.
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.
- On June 8, 2020 at 5:00pm, Recreation Master Plan consultant, David Barth, presented the needs assessment findings and summary chart to the Board of County Commissioners. The June 8, 2020 presentation is linked here.
- The next step in the process will be brainstorming the County’s response to the needs through a series of visioning workshops tentatively planned for June.
- Throughout the first quarter of 2020, numerous site visits, public workshops, and interviews and focus groups were held to collect qualitative data. Review the presentation shared at public outreach events in January 2020.
- During the same timeframe, surveys were mailed to select households and a web-based survey platform was available to collect information about current levels of service. The statistically representative survey received 431 responses and the on-line survey platform collected 560 responses.
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.
View presentations by Barth and Associates to the Board of County Commissioners regarding recreation planning in Nassau County: