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Portage Park District Comprehensive Strategic Master Plan

The Portage Park District intends to develop a Comprehensive Strategic Parks Master Plan over the next year with the aid of professional consultants and public input. The purpose of the project is to develop a community-supported plan that provides guidance to the Park District over the next 10 years for improving and operating existing and future parks and trails and providing opportunities for appropriate public use and enjoyment. It will be the primary implementation tool of the campaign promises made during the Park District’s 2014 levy campaign to: maintain and repair existing parks and trails; open almost 1,000 acres of currently inaccessible parkland; conserve critical natural areas for wildlife habitat and water quality protection; create new parks and trails across the county; provide opportunities for healthy recreation and education.

The Plan will guide policy development, prioritize needs and opportunities and generate a 5-year and 10-year strategic action plan with accompanying financial plans to be updated every three years. It will inform decisions regarding types of park facilities and trail development, new parkland acquisition, land management and programming. The plan will express the Park District’s intentions to be good stewards of the public’s natural and financial resources through sustainable design and management that considers short and long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.

The Comprehensive Strategic Master Plan will also consider potential public and private partners, stakeholders and other facilities and programs within Portage County and in neighboring counties to determine shared opportunities and avoid competition and duplication of services.