Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan
In May 2017, the department mailed a statistically valid questionnaire to a random sample of 3,500 households, and launched an online survey in June 2017. The surveys asked a variety of questions to assess local preferences for the types of parks, facilities, recreation programs and services desired by local residents.
In August 2017, the results of the survey were shared in a presentation to the public at Wilsonville City Hall. The results will be used to provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities for the City’s long-term planning efforts to be included in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Click here to View the Findings Presentation.
Also in August 2017, the City Council approved an amendment of the contract for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan with GreenPlay, LLC. Parks and Recreation staff recommended expanding the scope of the contract to include developing a master plan for Boones Ferry Park that incorporates the adjacent 5-acre, Willamette River frontage property formerly owned by the Duckworth family and acquired by the City in 2015 (see map). While increasing the overall contract cost by $44,000, staff estimated that consolidating efforts by utilizing the same firm to produce a Boones Ferry Park plan would save the City approximately $45,000 in direct costs and additional staff time.
The purpose of the Boones Ferry Park Master Plan project is to advise the City Council, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and City Staff on how the park is currently functioning and to set the course for future use. Currently, the park is utilized for drop-in uses of the playground, open lawn area and basketball court. The park is home to the Tauchman House, a popular location for City-sponsored programs and private rentals.
To help develop the plan the City hired GreenPlay, LLC, a national firm based in Colorado with extensive experience across the U.S. facilitating, researching and developing similar parks and recreation master plans. Design Concepts, a landscape architecture and planning firm based in Colorado, is the sub-contractor for the project.
The Boones Ferry Park master-planning effort started on Sept. 5 when more than 40 community members gathered in Boones Ferry Park and shared their ideas for the future of the park. Design Concepts, a landscape architecture and planning firm sub-contracting for GreenPlay, LLC, plans to review findings from the first workshop and present proposed concepts on Oct. 26. At the workshop, participants will break out into groups and discuss proposed plans, offering valuable feedback for staff and consultants.
This plan will build on the 2007 Parks an Recreation Master Plan. Since the adoption of that plan, the City of Wilsonville has increased its commitment to Parks and Recreation by consolidating services previously provided by the Public Works Department and Community Services Department into a Parks and Recreation Department. Challenges associated with unprecedented growth and increasing demand for recreation services necessitates the need for a long-term mission and vision for Parks and Recreation which includes a plan to address current deficiencies, goals and needs for future park development, recreational services, trails and open space preservation.
Goals and Objectives
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan will assess current and future recreational needs of the City of Wilsonville in order to better plan, fund, manage and develop parks, facilities, programs and trails.