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File #: 1356-2013    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/28/2013 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 7/1/2013 Final action: 7/3/2013
Title: To authorize and direct the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with MSK2, LLC, dba MKSK, for professional services related to the development of the Department Master Plan 2013 Project; to authorize the expenditure of $302,000.00 from the Parkland Dedication Ordinance Fund: and to declare an emergency. ($302,000.00)
Proposals were received by the Recreation and Parks Department on March 1, 2013 for the department master plan 2013 as follows:
Green Play FBE
Brailsford & Dulavey MAJ
Urban Decision Group MAJ
Principal Parties:
Christopher Hostettler (contact)
462 S. Ludlow Alley
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-621-2796
Contract Compliance #453413259
Contract Compliant through 11/16/13
45+ Columbus Employees

In 2003, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission developed a comprehensive master plan identifying the recreational needs of the citizens of Columbus. The plan was based on community input and input from key organizations and staff, and was completed with a regional approach to avoid duplication of services and increase awareness of the services provided.

Upon completion of the plan, economic conditions led to budget reductions throughout the City and within the Recreation and Parks Department. In 2009 these reductions reached a critical level reducing full-time staff from 389 in 2001 to 217 leading to the closure of recreation facilities, pools, and a reduction in park maintenance. Since that time, the City has clearly rebounded and begun to restore some of the reductions.

In 2013, the question is how have we met the expectations of the outcome of the 2003 master planning process? The department is proposing an update to the 10-year-old master plan and look at current and changing needs and facilities to meet them, and to anticipate growth areas and future services. This includes understanding and documenting the trends that developed since 2003, changes in population and attitudes. The 2013 master plan is proposed to be an objective document using the 2003 plan as a benchmark and a “measuring stick” for the delivery of recreation, parks and leisure services to the people of Columbus. Although implementation of the 2013 master p...

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