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POLICY 78

Park Design and Programming: Improve the design and programming of parks to better serve a changing population.

Ongoing changes in the city’s population include broader racial and ethnic diversity, a higher percentage of individuals living alone, and fewer households with children. This changes the nature of the demand for parks and recreation facilities. New populations have recreation needs and preferences that may not be adequately accommodated in existing park designs and programming.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to improve the design and programming of parks to better serve a changing population.

  1. Prioritize park facility and programming improvements that will have the most positive impact on equity outcomes.
  2. Actively work to engage and remove barriers that limit resident participation in the design and planning processes of parks and open spaces programming and opportunities through active recruitment of minority and/or immigrant residents and reducing language barriers.
  3. Ensure that park design processes engage the community in a manner that reflects the community being served.
  4. Identify an ongoing process to measure cultural responsiveness for parks and open spaces to ensure the opportunities, activities and practices are meeting the community's needs.
  5. Evaluate universal accessibility of all parks and open spaces, making improvements to ensure they are all accessible, enjoyable, and welcoming to all people regardless of age, ability, geography, or cultural background.
  6. Ensure equitable financial access to park and open space amenities, particularly in low-income communities through strategies such as low- and no-cost options, sliding scale fees, tiered pricing, scholarships, and subsidized rentals.
  7. Ensure a variety of park experiences across the system.
  8. Encourage and reduce barriers to community-driven programming.
  9. Improve communication about park programming opportunities.
  10. Utilize parks and open spaces places for engaging the community about the place-specific impacts of climate change.
  11. Engage arts and culture leaders in the development and implementation of educational tools and programs related to ecology and climate change.
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