Great Parks of Hamilton County completed its first ever Comprehensive Master Plan in January 2019. The Comprehensive Master Plan is a guiding document that sets the vision for parks, facilities, programming and services over the next 10 years, through 2028.
The Park and Facility Master Plans will ensure that the recommendations of the Comprehensive Master Plan are reflected in the operation and physical design of all parks and facilities. Where the Comprehensive Master Plan was visionary and looked across all Great Parks, The Park and Facility Master Plans will look at each Great Park with additional detail and specialized information. The final product will include an illustrative master plan for each park organized into three regions (see Process, below) with recommendations for specific improvements and programs.
You are invited to help develop the plans! As someone who lives in or visits Hamilton County, sharing your ideas and experience is essential to understanding the needs of our community and shaping a community-driven vision for the future of our parks. The Park and Facility Master Plans will be produced in a two-year planning process (2019 – 2021). Sign up for our email list and check out our Participate Page for the available list of engagement events and online activities.
Park and Facility Master Plan Regions
To allow for the appropriate focus by the Planning Team, Great Parks and community members, the Park and Facility Master Plans have been divided into three geographic planning regions: West, Central and East. The Master Plan for each region (West, Central and East) will be guided by Great Parks staff and leadership from within that regions’ parks. The Great Parks Region Teams will provide detailed, localized guidance and insight to develop the Park and Facilities Master Plan for each region.
To improve timeliness and efficiency, the three regional plans will overlap in a staged manner with each other. Concurrent planning phases will be conducted to complete the West, Central and East Region Master Plans according to this draft timeline.
- West Region: July 2019 – June 2020
- Central Region: January 2020 – December 2020
- East Region: July 2020 – April 2021
Planning in each region will include broad community engagement. Stay involved to learn more!
The planning team will be led by MKSK, the consultant who also led the Comprehensive Master Plan process. MKSK will coordinate all tasks, lead public engagement, illustrate the draft and final Conceptual Master Plans and be the lead author and editor of all final content to be documented in the Park and Facilities Master Plans.
Great Parks will provide project management and guide the Park and Facility Master Plans in three groups. A Core Team will oversee the entire process for all regions, participate in engagement, author and edit plan content, and provide updates to the Board of Park Commissioners. Region Leads and Region Teams of Great Parks staff will guide the day-to-day efforts of the planning process per region, author and edit plan content, engage with stakeholders and conduct community engagement activities.
Burgess & Niple will provide civil engineering services and documentation including insight on the Overall Understanding: Design Standards catalogue and provide costs estimation for select recommended improvements.
Champlin Architecture will conduct a building audit and documentation, and provide cost estimation for select building improvements, renovations and any recommended new buildings.
Biohabitats will provide conservation and ecological planning and documentation including the Natural Resources Management Plan, assist with design standards review, and provide cost estimation for select recommended improvements.
Tom O’Rourke will provide analysis and documentation for programming recommendations, operational planning and regional business planning.