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Assessment Plan and Pattern Book

The City of Milton contracted the services of EDAW, Inc. in early 2009 to complete a parks and recreation assessment plan. This plan would assist in determining how well the city's current parks and facilities meet current needs, as well as the likelihood of these facilities being able to meet future needs. Also included as part of the overall assessment was the development of a pattern book to provide guidance for the city as to how the parks will look in the future, including signage, site furnishings and landscaping.

EDAW held three meetings with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The first was to define the goal of the project. The second was to discuss relevant issues that needed to be addressed and to prepare for an upcoming public meeting. The third meeting was intended to give the board an opportunity to review the draft plan and offer guidance on completing the project. A public meeting was held in July. This public meeting was intended to offer an overview of the scope of the project and to define design guideline standards. A project summary presentation was given by EDAW at the Work Session on Dec. 14, 2009.

The following is a list summarizing the general recommendations by EDAW:

  • All parks and facilities should be designed to meet ADA standards so that all Milton residents have access to recreational opportunities.
  • Facilities should be designed to accommodate all age groups with an emphasis on creating an environment that encourages family interaction.
  • The city should pursue options for acquiring additional park land and green space including acquiring outright, through a land conservation organization, lease land long-term, or acquire easements for trails and to protect natural resources.
  • The city should ensure that all planning efforts are coordinated so that parks, recreation, and green space are addressed consistently in all plans.
  • Sustainability should be focus as the city develops its parks and recreation system. There should be an environmental, economic and social balance.
  • The city's outreach to citizens is critical as the city moves to establish a clear vision for Parks and Recreation. An inclusive, comprehensive assessment of what citizens want is needed and should be a top priority.
  • Once the needs of the Milton citizens have been defined into a clear vision, then the issues of staffing, outsourcing, fees and capital plans can be addressed.

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