P&R Master Plan
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan was adopted by the Mayor and Board of Alderman on September 7, 2023.
The City of Frederick knows that parks and recreation programming are essential! These spaces provide so much to our community, especially our youth. To ensure that our parks and programming grow along with our City, we have adopted a Parks and Recreation Masterplan with the support of BerryDunn (formerly GreenPlay, LLC). This plan provides guidance for future development and redevelopment of the City’s parks, recreation programming, and facilities. To meet short and long-term objectives, this master park plan is comprehensive and included significant opportunities for public involvement to ensure parks and parks investments meet the desires of the growth, and public demand within the community. The plan incorporates energy efficiency and sustainable strategies, evaluates collaborative opportunities with other entities, and explores accessibility opportunities within the current infrastructure.
The Parks & Recreation Master Plan establishes an implementable action plan for the next 5 – 10 years, which will guide the City of Frederick. The planning efforts will help determine residents’ perceptions of the Department, how their free time is spent, and communication efforts required from the Department. This assessment and evaluation of park, recreation programs, open spaces, facilities, greenways, trails, and other amenities are also noted in the plan. This plan will serve as a roadmap for parks and recreation, ensuring an appropriate balance of facilities, amenities, and services throughout the community.
A project team which included City staff and representatives have guided this project by providing input to the consultant, BerryDunn, throughout the planning process.
The final drafts of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and GRASP Park Inventory Atlas can be found at the links below.
Phase 3 is complete. The consultant analyzed all of the feedback and research completed in Phases 1 and 2 to create the final DRAFT report and the GRASP Park Inventory Atlas.
Berry Dunn (formerly GreenPlay, LLC) shared the final draft report and other documents with the Mayor and Board of Alderman at the Workshop on September 28, 2022. It was the consent of the Board that an implementation plan be added to the draft report. BerryDunn worked with staff to prepare the implementation plan. It can be found on pages 79 – 107 in the final plan. The implementation plan provides a clear path for staff to begin work to benefit the entire community, as well as provide specific recommendations and needs for each park.
Phase One began with GreenPlay conducting initial visits to our parks and speaking with stakeholders identified by City P&R.
The Parks and Recreation Department invited more than 150 stakeholders to participate in Focus Groups and Stakeholder Meetings during the week of March 22, 2021. These invitees include permit/field users, local organizations, elected officials, City staff, and other community members.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the findings from this initial research was be shared with the public and additional public comment was be taken.