Long Range Strategic Plan

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Strategic Plan Background: After seven months of research, the Recreation and Culture Department Long Range Strategic Plan, conducted by GreenPlay LLC, was completed in July 2009.  The department would like to thank everyone who participated in the public information gathering process which was an essential part of the project. The Strategic Plan’s mission is to identify weaknesses and celebrate accomplishments for programming at the Recreation Center and Pavilion and also identify areas for improvement at the Recreation Center facility.  Throughout the study, GreenPlay, a recreation consulting firm, met with public and staff to gather information and provide updates. Many citizens participated in this process, and over 500 responded to the statistically valid survey that was mailed to 3,000 households.

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To view the complete Strategic Plan in PDF format click here.

Implementation: The Strategic Plan outlines 6 goals that will help guide the Recreation and Culture Department over a 10 year period. Each goal identifies at least two strategies that must be completed, and in 2009 Council  directed staff to begin work in two areas.  Council directed staff to study a cost recovery philosophy for the Recreation and Culture Department. This project is ongoing and includes categorizing programs, events, and services by identifying those that benefit the community as a whole, those that benefit individuals, and those that fall somewhere in between. Because the Recreation and Culture Department is partially subsidized by tax dollars, this categorization will determine where the greatest subsidies are applied. For instance, it could be decided that providing swimming lessons to children benefits our community as a whole, and providing specialized training to an adult athlete benefits one person.  If this is the case, the result would be a higher subsidy for youth swimming lessons and a lower subsidy, or no subsidy, for the adult training. The second project involves the Recreation Center building.   Upgrading the lockers, counters, and tile in the men’s locker room was completed in 2010, and repurposing of the Community Room was completed in 2011.   Re-purposing the Community Room involved transforming the space so it better serves youth and adult programs.