Central Region Planning
Following the completion of initial community input for the West and East Regions, we are now starting Central Region planning. Please take the survey to let us know how you currently use Great Parks in the Central Region and provide input on the kinds of improvements you would like to see as we plan for the future. Children can also participate by completing coloring pages that puts their park imagination to work. Finally, you can sign up for updates to get information about planning progress and community events when we are allowed to gather in public again!
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.
The initial public input phases for the Park and Facilities Master Plan process will occur region by region guided by this timeline:
- West Region: July 2019 – February 2020
- East Region: December 2019 – June 2020
- Central Region: June 2020 – December 2020
Once this work is complete in each region, preferred plans will be developed along with the community in the first half of 2021. Stay involved by signing up for our email list and check the Participate Page to learn more as this planning work progresses!
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.