Parks & Recreation Master Plan
- Engage the community leadership and stakeholders through innovative public input means to build a shared vision for parks, facilities, programming, and special event services, as well as open space in trails in the City of Stow;
- Utilize a wide variety of data sources and best practices, including a statistically-valid survey to predict trends and patterns of use and how to address unmet needs in the community;
- Determine unique Level of Service Standards that to develop appropriate actions regarding parks, open space, trails, and recreation that reflects the City’s strong commitment in providing high quality recreational activities for the community;
- Shape financial and organizational preparedness through innovative and “next” practices to achieve the strategic objectives and recommended actions with achievable strategies;
- Develop a dynamic and realistic strategic action plan that creates a road map to ensure long-term success and financial sustainability for the City’s parks and recreation services and amenities, as well as action steps to support the family-oriented community and businesses that call the City of Stow home.
The City of Stow recently completed a Parks & Recreation Master Plan. As part of that master planning process, almost 1,700 residents completed a community survey. In that survey, respondents were asked to prioritize their top four recreational amenities for their households. The amenity receiving the strongest support was a community center/recreation center.
As a result of this master plan and its public input process, which in addition to the survey, included stakeholder meetings and focus group meetings, the City has engaged a consulting team to complete a feasibility study for a multi-purpose, multi-generational indoor facility.
At this time, the City is only committed to the completion of the feasibility study. The feasibility study will provide the City with key data and information on the market and demand for services, develop operational costs, and determine capital investment for potential construction.
An online survey, which is a crucial part of the feasibility study process, was conducted. Resident feedback and participation was strong. The results will assist the consulting team in determining if a community/recreation center is feasible for our community, and if the data deems it is, what amenities and programs should be a part of the facility.
The next step of the process includes implementing stakeholder and focus group meetings specific to a CONCEPT design for a potential facility.