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If you were unable to attend one of the open house meetings there is still a way for you to share your input.

You can email us at  Please include your zip code in the email so that we can indicate what area you are in.

You can get updates by email by visiting and scroll down to the NEWS section where you will find Parks & Recreation Master Plan News. 


McAdams facilitated a one day visioning work session on September 12, 2018 with Parks and Recreation staff to defelop the deaprtment's vision and mission for the future.

Visioning meeting 9-12-18 


Upcoming Master Plan Meetings to Remember

September 12, 2018: Visioning meeting with staff

December 4, 2018: Draft recommendations presentation to staff

December 4, 2018: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Draft presentation to Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee at the Agriculture & Conference Center

December 11, 2018: Presentation to steering committee

December 11, 2018: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Public meeting presentation at the Agriculture & Conference Center

December 17, 2018: Master Plan presentation to go before the Board of Commissioners

January 22, 2019: Final Master Plan presentation to go before Board of Commissioners


Comprehensive Plan Update as of

July 13, 2018

The consultants are working on a draft reports for the following items:

Park inventory + Analysis

Program assessment

Demographics and trends

Staffing + internal operations assessment

Pro-bono benchmarking (based on readily available NRPA data) for communities of comparable size

Park Classifications


 The Statistically Valid Random Survey is in the final approval stage and will be mailed out soon.


Community Input Synthesis Map Click Here

The map represents all input gathered through the three public open house meetings and reflects preferences with regard to greenway corridors and destinations.


Greenway/Trail Stakeholder Flyer Click Here

Specific groups have been invited to this meeting, but the general public is welcome to attend.  The meeting is designed to get input on trails and greenways as part of the planning process for the Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan under development. 


Trails/Greenways Stakeholders Meeting on June 20, 2018


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Comprehensive Plan Update as of

May 17, 2018


Kick‐off Meeting

The project team has completed the project kick‐off meeting with staff along with site visits to existing parks owned
and operated Chatham County Parks & Recreation. 

Demographics & Trends

The project team is in the process of completing the Demographics and Trends Analysis and expects to to deliver the draft report by the end of May.

 Site Inventory & Analysis and GIS Mapping

The project team is in the process of completing the park evaluations and expects to deliver the park assessment
report by the end of May. 

A base map of existing conditions (waterways, geography, physical features, infrastructure, cultural & recreation
sites, populations centers & destination, and future land use areas) for parks and greenways has been prepared and
has been used at the public input meetings to date.

The base map will serve as the data used for the remainder of the plan and plan recommendations. 

   Community Engagement 

The team has facilitated the first three public open houses and had a very good turnout. The team has provided
meeting summaries and finds for each. The team has also conducted an inter‐agency coordination meeting, the
staff SWOT analysis meeting, one steering committee meeting and a status presentation to the Parks & Recreation
Advisory Board. The team is in the process of summarizing those meetings and will send meeting summaries by the
end of May. A separate stakeholder meeting for greenways will be held on May 30th.

Scientific Survey

The team has prepared a draft scientific survey for the County’s review. Based on comments received from the
County, the team is in the process of address the comments to finalize the survey questionnaire. Once approved by
the County, the survey will be ready for distribution. We expect the survey to be finalized by the end of May. Once
the survey has been distributed, the county can expect results within approximately six (6) weeks.

Health Assessment

The team met with the Chatham County Health Alliance on April third to solicit input on the best way parks and
recreation can contribute to improved health outcomes across the county. The feedback will be incorporated into
the Health Assessment component of the plan.

Program Assessment

The team will be scheduling a webinar with the County to introduce the components of the program assessment.
The County will be responsible for completing the program questionnaire as a basis for the program assessment.

Additional Tasks

The team is in the process of gathering inventory data from the County and her agencies to complete the existing
level of service metrics and will be developing a bench marking report from NRPA best practices for comparable size agencies.  Once the scientific survey results have been finalized, existing level of service established, and information analyzed from community and staff input, the team will conduct a visioning session with County Staff.  We anticipate the visioning session will be scheduled in mid-August.  The visioning session will provide the framework for the county's parks, recreation and greenway recommendation for ten-year planning horizon.


McAdams Presents the Master Plan Update and Input Session at the Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting on May 15, 2018.

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We had a great turnout for our last Open House at Silk Hope Elementary School on May 1, 2018.

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Another great turnout for our second Open House held at Chatham Central High School on April 26, 2018.

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We had great turnout for our first Open House on       April 24, 2018 at the Agriculture & Conference Center.

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Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan discussion with Chatham Health Alliance.

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