2018 Chatham County Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey Final Findings Click Here
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.
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
Demographics and trends
Staffing + internal operations assessment
Pro-bono benchmarking (based on readily available NRPA data) for communities of comparable size
The map represents all input gathered through the three public open house meetings and reflects preferences with regard to greenway corridors and destinations.
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
Comprehensive Plan Update as of May 17, 2018
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.
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, thestaff 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.
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.
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 intothe Health Assessment component of the plan.
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.
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.
We had a great turnout for our last Open House at Silk Hope Elementary School on May 1, 2018.
Another great turnout for our second Open House held at Chatham Central High School on April 26, 2018.
First Open House on April 24, 2018
We had great turnout at the first Open House for the public on April 24 at the Agriculture & Conference Center.
Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan
group discussion with Chatham Health Alliance