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    Any good park and open space plan examples

    I am updating our City's Park and Open Space Plan. I have been using past plans as a template, but I see room for improvement. Does anyone have any examples of good Park, Open Space, Bicycle, or Outdoor Recreation plans that can be viewed online or e-mailed?
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    May 1997
    Williston, VT
    Ours is Appendix C of our comp plan. Google for the Town of Williston VT and you can find your way to it quickly on the Town's website.

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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Paris of Appalachia
    Check your PM's.

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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc
    From my fair city/county Comp Plan:
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)

    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian cch's avatar
    Mar 2006
    Machesney Park, IL
    The Wisconsin county I work for finished ours up a few years ago, before I came on board. There is a link to it here POROS Plan
    I don't know if you'll find it good or bad, but most people think it is a pretty ambitious plan. It was good enough for the state to approve it.

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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    The Fox Valley
    Blog entries
    As an intern, I started putting together a park/bike/open space plan. It's ~20 pages plus maps and charts thus far. PM me if you want, and I can tell you a little bit more about what it all encompasses.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    In Wisconsin, communities adopt and update their Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans on a five-year basis. It is a requirement for eligibility for the Nelson-Knowles Stewardship Grant funds. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources set requirements for what the plan can contain, and these generally are the base for the plan. A few years ago they published a manual on how to prepare these plans. You probably know this, but others who post responses may want to consider it.

    Of course, you can always put more into a plan that the minimum standards. For one fo the CORP plans I am working on, we are conducting an assessment of playground areas for compliance to safety standards. We see others where the community wants to consider facilities such as arts centers or aquatics centers or cultural resources or... whatever.
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