A park and recreation plan may be a free-standing document or it may be included as a chapter (or chapters) of the larger municipal comprehensive plan. A good example of a scope of work for a comprehensive recreation plan is provded in this document.
Greenscapes: The Green Infrastructure Element of the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan defines a vision, goals and objectives, strategies, and tools to preserve, conserve, restore, and enhance natural resources through the establishment of a countywide, integrated green infrastructure system. It highlights the importance of protecting large blocks of contiguous land and improving connectivity as it aims to establish a network of natural areas, conservation lands, and working landscapes. Greenscapes provides a blueprint for accommodating appropriate growth and development while preserving the region’s most valuable natural resources, native species, cultural assets and agricultural economy.
The Park and Open Space Plan excerpt from the regional comprehensive plan adopted by 11 municipalities in central Lancaster County as of spring 2007.
This study used best practices from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Portland State University, and Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop a two-part geographic information system methodology that identified suitable streets to build neighborhood greenways in each of Philadelphia’s 10 city council districts. Neighborhood greenways are low-volume, low-stress streets that prioritize bicycle and pedestrian travel over vehicles.
Presentation focused on conservation long range planning.
The purpose of this plan is to guide the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of the county's open space and cultural resources and create linkages between these vast resources. This plan is intended to guide the decisions of municipalities, conservation organizations, landowners, and developers, and encourage partnerships to achieve common goals for natural resources; outdoor recreation facilities; greenways and blueways; agricultural lands and historic, cultural and scenic resources.
The purpose of this plan is to guide the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the County’s open space resources and create linkages between the County’s vast natural resources; outdoor recreational facilities; greenways and blueways; farmland; and historic, cultural, and scenic resources
Smaller or more rural municipalities interested in creating a local park system may want to follow the simpler scope of work described in this DCNR publication.
Between November 2008 and February 2009, 2,648 Pennsylvanians were surveyed about their outdoor recreation patterns and the opinions about future recreation land conservation, facility development and management. The survey was designed to collect information related to the major themes of the 2009‐2013 Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan and included questions on overall recreation participation, favorite outdoor recreation activities, recreation area and facility needs, the role of outdoor recreation in physical activity, the perceived impacts of outdoor recreation and conservation, and demographics.
Strategic vision report summarizing survey responses about how to improve Pennsylvania's state parks and outlining plans for the park system in the coming years.
This report was created to devise a plan to improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This Executive Summary was published in 2010.
Study takes an inventory of trail gaps across Pennsylvania.
Comprehensive guide about the role of municipalities in protecting the Appalachian Trail, which is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and other federal and local entities.
A good example of a multi-municipal comprehensive recreation plan. Covers the Saucon Region of Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
This is an example of a mini recreation plan adopted by several small municipalities in southern Berks County that operate their recreational facilities on a joint basis.
This report is the result of a collaboration between Montgomery County’s open-space board and parks, trails, and historic sites advisory board. The two boards have reviewed the network of publicly available park, trail, natural, and historic assets in Montgomery County and identified opportunities to expand, enhance, protect, and connect those assets. The recommendations presented in this report are consistent with the goals and actions put forth in Montgomery County’s Montco 2040 comprehensive plan and are intended to provide the county commissioners with useful strategies as they consider and prioritize future open space opportunities, expenditures, and programs