FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2023
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Begins Comprehensive Master Plan Process
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department is excited to begin developing the City’s first Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan. This document will guide future planning, policy, and development of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation programs and facilities for many years. The goal of the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan is to provide a concise and user-friendly roadmap that will incorporate the community’s values to assist the City with decision-making regarding key issues.
The City has hired PROS Consulting, a national full-service management consulting and planning firm specializing in government to develop the plan. PROS Consulting has developed over 400 master plans in North America and the Project Manager is Mike Svetz, former Director of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation.
The Master Plan will be developed over the course of 12 – 15 months and will consist of robust community engagement, parks, facilities and programs assessments, levels of service analysis, equity mapping, capital investment recommendations and implementation strategies. In addition to the Master Plan, PROS Consulting will also develop conceptual plans for Benjamin Tonsler Park, Booker T. Washington Park, Court Square Park, and Market Street Park.
The Master Plan process will kick off with a Community Meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 pm at Carver Recreation Center. The meeting will be an opportunity for Parks & Recreation users to learn more about the planning process and participate with initial feedback with the consultant. The event is open to everyone and will feature food, activities for children, and prizes.
A dedicated website to the project has been developed which features an online survey, important dates, milestones and an interactive mapping feature which allows users to drop specific comments/feedback on a map of the Parks & Recreation system to pinpoint exactly where the comment is referencing. To access the website, please visit: Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Master Plan | EngagePros (mysocialpinpoint.com).
For more information about Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, visit www.charlottesville.gov/parksandrec.
For more information about PROS Consulting, visit www.prosconsulting.com.
Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation
City of Charlottesville