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Parks Master Plan 2016

Jeffers Park playground aerialDecember 2016

After working with contracted consultant, Barth Associates, as well as conducting various workshops, surveys and focus groups over the past year, the 2016 Parks Master Plan Final Draft was officially adopted by Council on December 12, 2016.  

The purpose of creating a new Parks Master Plan was to objectively assess leisure and recreation needs in the community, with a goal of ensuring that City resources are invested in the programs and facilities that are most important to the citizens of Cape Coral moving forward.

As the next step of the process, Council will discuss and determine funding sources for plan implementation. Look for more details to be posted on this web page as information becomes available.

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Mid November 2016

A final draft of the 2016 Parks Master Plan was presented to Council at a Committee of the Whole Meeting on November 9. 

* View Parks Master Plan Final Draft

Click below to see the presentation that was shared with Council on November 9:

* Parks Master Plan - Draft Plan Presentation 

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Mid August 2016

A final draft of the 2016 Parks Master Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council during the Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Conference Room A200 in the Nicholas Annex, 815 Nicholas Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33990. An agenda for this meeting will be made available in a timely manner on the City website. Please visit the following page to view the agenda when it becomes available: http://www.capecoral.net/department/clerk/agendas_and_videos.php. This meeting is open to the public.

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Early August 2016

After spending the past several weeks analyzing data, Dr. David Barth of Barth Associates presented his firm's latest findings at a special meeting held with Council on Wednesday, August 3. The City Manager plans to take all of the information into account and meet with staff  over the next few weeks to develop implementation options with specific projects, costs, and timelines for the City Council to consider. 

Click below to see the long range vision presentation that was shared with Council on August 3:

* Parks Master Plan Interim Presentation: Long Range Vision

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Summer 2016

Over the course of the summer, the consultants will be working on the visioning process so they can come back with a preliminary plan to help address some of Cape Coral's unmet needs. This visioning of the future parks and recreation facilities and programs is expected to occur with a presentation to City Council in July/August 2016. 

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April / May 2016

The needs assessment portion of the Parks Master Planning process has been completed and a presentation on the "Existing Conditions and Needs Assessment" was shared with Cape Coral City Council at a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Wednesday, May 4. 

The reason to start the process with a needs assessment is to help identify, from the residents, where our highest unmet parks & recreation needs are occurring. Through four (4) Public Workshops, numerous focus groups, one on one meetings with Councilmembers, a statistically valid survey mailed to residents, and an online survey, residents rated facilities and programs that were important to them and identified any unmet needs for additional facilities and programs.

Click below to see the needs assessment presentation that was shared with Council on May 4 and to view the results of the statistically valid survey:

* Parks Master Plan Interim Presentation: Existing Conditions Analysis/Needs & Priorities Assessment 

* Statistically Valid Survey Results

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March 2016

Two additional public workshops were conducted by Barth Associates and City staff on March 7 & 8 in the NE and SW sections of Cape Coral to get further input. Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in one of these workshops and/or complete the online survey.

Next up will be Visioning Workshops on May 4 & 5 and a presentation to Council scheduled for May 4. 

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January 2016

Planning is currently underway for a new Parks Master Plan, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The City is working on this project with contracted consultant, Barth Associates. In addition, public workshops and meetings are being conducted throughout the year to encourage input that will help to objectively assess leisure and recreation needs in the community. The goal is to ensure that City resources are invested in the programs and facilities that are most important to the citizens of Cape Coral moving forward.

Two public workshops were conducted by Barth Associates and City staff on January 26 & 28 to get initial input on the future direction of Cape Coral's parks. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in one of these workshops.