Public Meeting
November 13, 2013

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Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

City of Arlington
Parks and Recreation Department

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Month
December

Tasks
Kick-Off Meeting

January

Condition assessment completed
City Growth Profile, City Council Prioriti...
Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

City of Arlington
Parks, Recreation & Open Space
Master Plan
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Plan Last Upd...
Master Plan Process

Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

Strategies, Goals
& Objectives
Public
Input

Standards

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Major Issues

Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

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Available funding has decreased
− Slowing economy
− Maintena...
Challenges

Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

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Need healthy balance of reinvestment, acquisitions and
new dev...
Opportunities

Your Voices. Our Future.

Improve recreational opportunities
throughout the park system

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PICTURE OUR PAR...
Public Meeting Comments
March – April 2013

Your Voices. Our Future.

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 Trails and connections
 Natura...
Service Priority Results
TOTALS

Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR PARKS

Development of new parks and facilities

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What Our Citizens Think
Citywide Survey Trends

Your Voices. Our Future.

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Programs and Activities - Imp...
What Our Citizens Think
Citywide Survey Trends

Your Voices. Our Future.

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Facilities and Amenities - Im...
What Our Citizens Think
Citywide Survey Trends

Your Voices. Our Future.

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Facility Needs
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(definitely...
NORTH SECTOR
Trinity West and Trinity East Subareas
Programs and Activities

Facilities and Amenities

Facility Needs

(pr...
Summary of Needs by Sector

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Demographic Summary

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Citywide Survey Result...
Strategic Priorities
Quality Facilities
★ Design and maintain facilities to

a high quality standard.

Connectivity and Eq...
Park Land Standards
Where We Are Now

Your Voices. Our Future.

Arlington has over 7.4 square miles of park land

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PICTU...
Your Voices. Our Future.

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Park Land Standards
Where We Want To Be

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Park Land Standards
Where We Want To Be

Your Voices. Our Future.

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Park
Classification

Proposed
Standa...
Recreation Centers
and Aquatic Facilities
Determine what to do with aging facilities

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Multi-million dollar decisions

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Recreation Center Model
Considerations
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2009 Indoor Facility Report

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Cost recovery policies

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Site visits

Your Voi...
The Mega Center
Signature Amenities
 Active

Adult Center

 Banquet

 Fitness

Facility

and Wellness Center

 Indoor
...
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Active Adult Center

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Active Adult Center

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Active Adult Center

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Banquet Facility

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Fitness and Wellness Center

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Fitness and Wellness Center

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Gymnasiums

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Indoor Aquatic Center

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Indoor Aquatic Center

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Indoor Aquatic Center

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Indoor Aquatic Center

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The Mega Center
Signature Amenities
 Active

Adult Center

 Banquet

 Fitness

Facility

and Wellness Center

 Indoor
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Recreation Center Model
Considerations
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2009 Indoor Facility Report

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Cost recovery policies

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Site visits

Your Voi...
Existing
Aquatic System
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Some pools are nearing the
end of their useful life
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Your Voices. Our Future.

PICTURE OUR ...
Existing
Aquatic System
Indoor Pool
• 3 mile service area

Shallow Water Pool
• 1.5 mile service area
Small Sprayground
• ...
Aquatic System Model
Add large sprayground at
Bowman Springs Park

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Replace Helen Wessler Pool
with large sprayground

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Spraygrounds

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The Big Projects: Acquisitions

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Bird’s Fort

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Griffin Woods

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Village ...
The Big Projects: Renovations

Your Voices. Our Future.

Allen Bolden Pool

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PICTURE OUR PARKS

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Bob Duncan Center

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The Big Projects: Development

Your Voices. Our Future.

Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center – phase II

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PICTURE OUR PARK...
The Big Projects: Development

Your Voices. Our Future.

Johnson Creek Greenway Trail Development

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PICTURE OUR PARKS

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Next Steps

Your Voices. Our Future.

Work on draft plan

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PICTURE OUR PARKS

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PROS Committee / Park Board review (Jan...
Breakout Stations

Your Voices. Our Future.

Project priorities by planning subarea

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PICTURE OUR PARKS

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Recreation C...
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Arlington PROS Plan Community Meeting - November 13, 2013

  1. 1. Public Meeting November 13, 2013 1
  2. 2. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department 2
  3. 3. Month December Tasks Kick-Off Meeting January Condition assessment completed City Growth Profile, City Council Priorities, Park System Overview February Progress Reports for 2004 Plan and 2009 Facility Assessment March-April May Hosted 5 public meetings Conducted online survey Completed needs assessment June-August Sub-committee meetings September Regular committee discussions November 2nd public meeting (November 13) Open Houses (week of November 18) December Review preliminary draft February Final draft completion; Park Board review March Begin P&Z, City Council review
  4. 4. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS City of Arlington Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan  Plan Last Updated in 2004 − 2008 Supplement − Respond to Changing Needs − Identify New Opportunities  TPWD Grant Requirement  2014 Bond Election 4
  5. 5. Master Plan Process Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Strategies, Goals & Objectives Public Input Standards Recommendations & Action Plan Needs Assessment Existing Inventory Adopted Plans 5
  6. 6. Major Issues Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Available funding has decreased − Slowing economy − Maintenance and Operations funding − Limitations on debt issuance − Declining park fees and grant opportunities  City population continues to grow – how can new parkland keep pace? − Fewer available parcels suitable for parks − Suitable land increasingly expensive − Needs especially acute south of I-20  $40 Million Capital Maintenance Backlog − Significant, but manageable − Other cities are struggling with this (regionally/nationally) − To preserve what we have, maintenance and renovation must be a priority 6
  7. 7. Challenges Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Need healthy balance of reinvestment, acquisitions and new development  Citizens continue to ask for more from the Department – need to manage expectations  Department must be ready to demonstrate its value to the community – in dollars and cents 7
  8. 8. Opportunities Your Voices. Our Future. Improve recreational opportunities throughout the park system  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Integrate more linear parks and natural areas  Improve connectivity between parks and residential areas  Promote active and healthy lifestyles  Provide leadership on environmental and sustainability issues  Partner with school districts to address open space gaps  Partner with the community to improve service delivery and cut costs 8
  9. 9. Public Meeting Comments March – April 2013 Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Trails and connections  Natural areas  Dog parks  Indoor pools  Southeast recreation center  Southeast aquatic center  Ditto Golf Course reconstruction  Hugh Smith Recreation Center reconstruction 9
  10. 10. Service Priority Results TOTALS Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Development of new parks and facilities 21.8% Renovations/Improvements to existing facilities 21.8% Preservation of greenways and natural areas 18.2% Acquisition of new park sites 11.8% Park Safety and Security 10.8% Forestry and Beautification 9.4% Increase Maintenance Levels 6.2% 10
  11. 11. What Our Citizens Think Citywide Survey Trends Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Programs and Activities - Importance  Exercise and fitness - ranked #1 in all six sectors  Community events, youth sports leagues and nature programs ranked #2,3 or 4 in all sectors  Instructional sports  Senior programs  Swim lessons  Adult sports leagues  Arts and crafts 11
  12. 12. What Our Citizens Think Citywide Survey Trends Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Facilities and Amenities - Importance  Ranks in the Top 10 in all sectors     Natural areas Playgrounds Hard surface trails Natural surface trails  Outdoor swimming pools  Soccer/Football fields  Baseball/Softball fields    Picnic pavilions Recreation centers Spraygrounds
  13. 13. What Our Citizens Think Citywide Survey Trends Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Facility Needs  (definitely/possibly) Ranks in the Top 10 in all sectors    Greenways w/ trails Nature trails Soft surface trails  Picnic areas  Small neighborhood parks  Indoor swimming pool   Natural areas Ponds Hard surface trails   Indoor fitness centers 13
  14. 14. NORTH SECTOR Trinity West and Trinity East Subareas Programs and Activities Facilities and Amenities Facility Needs (prioritized by level of importance) (prioritized by level of importance) (Definitely/Possibly Needs More) 1 Natural areas 1 Nature trails Community events/festivals 2 Playgrounds 2 Greenways with trails 3 Youth sports leagues 3 Hard surface trails 3 Soft surface trails 4 Your Voices. Our Future. Exercise and fitness 2 PICTURE OUR PARKS 1 Nature programs 4 Natural surface trails 4 Hard surface trails 5 Instructional sports 5 Picnic shelters or pavilions 5 Indoor swimming pools 6 Swim lessons 6 River Legacy Living Science Center 6 Ponds for fishing and wildlife 7 Summer day camp programs 7 Baseball/Softball fields 7 Natural areas 8 Arts and crafts 8 Soccer/Football fields 8 Indoor fitness centers 9 Adult sports leagues 9 Recreation center 9 Spraygrounds/Splash pads 10 Senior programs 10 Spraygrounds/splash pads 10 Picnic areas 11 Golf instruction/leagues 11 Outdoor swimming pool 11 Outdoor fitness equipment 12 Teen programs 12 Indoor rental facilities 12 Outdoor swimming pools 13 Tennis instruction/leagues 13 Outdoor fitness/exercise equipment 13 Senior centers 14 After-school programs 14 Hugh Smith Indoor Pool 14 Small neighborhood parks 15 Dance 15 Park tennis courts 15 Large, open grassy areas 16 Preschool programs 16 Mountain bike trails 16 Playgrounds 17 Martial arts 17 City golf course 17 Off-leash dog parks 18 Off-leash dog park 18 Activity/Meeting rooms 19 Park basketball courts 19 Mountain biking areas 20 Fishing 20 Soccer/Football fields 21 Sand volleyball 21 Indoor basketball courts 22 Arlington Tennis Center 22 Tennis courts 23 Senior recreation center 23 Skate park/Skate spots 24 Skatepark/skate spots 24 Baseball/Softball fields 25 Disc golf 25 Recreation centers Sector Population 1990 37,224 2000 44,729 2010 40,110 26 Outdoor basketball courts 27 Sand volleyball courts 28 Disc golf course 14
  15. 15. Summary of Needs by Sector Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Demographic Summary  Citywide Survey Results  Needs and Opportunities  Capital Maintenance Priorities  Existing Master Plans 15
  16. 16. Strategic Priorities Quality Facilities ★ Design and maintain facilities to a high quality standard. Connectivity and Equity ★ Provide an open space system Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS that physically connects people with parks and other centers of activity across the City. ★ Appropriate resources in a manner which favors reinvesting and enhancing existing facilities. ★ Continually improve the safety and security of parks and recreation facilities. ★ Provide parks and diverse recreational opportunities that are equitably distributed and accessible across the City. Environment and Nature ★ Preserve and protect Arlington's ownership in he park system and greater efficiencies in programming, acquisition, maintenance and development. opportunities for public support, input, and engagement. Picture Our Parks Healthy Lifestyles and Recreation ★ Provide a variety of recreational facilities and programs to meet changing needs and priorities. ★ Design and maintain parks and facilities to achieve environmental sustainability. environmental education. ★ Develop partnerships to promote ★ Provide meaningful natural environment and native ecosystems. ★ Foster opportunities for Partnerships and Engagement ★ Leverage park system Community and Character ★ Provide places where people can improvements to promote health, wellness, and active living. interact and build community. ★ Provide a park and recreation system that will improve the physical form and image of the City. 16
  17. 17. Park Land Standards Where We Are Now Your Voices. Our Future. Arlington has over 7.4 square miles of park land  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Arlington’s parks comprise 7.5% of city area, which is below the national average (8.4%) for intermediate-low density cities  Arlington has 12.8 park land acres per 1,000 persons, below national average (14.1) for intermediate-low density cities 17
  18. 18. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Park Land Standards Where We Want To Be 18
  19. 19. Park Land Standards Where We Want To Be Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Park Classification Proposed Standard acres per 1,000: 2013 Inventory (acres) Buildout Population (423,000) Required (acres) Needs (acres) Neighborhood 1.37 440 580 140 Community 2.75 1,030 1,163 133 City 3.23 1,404 1,366 0 Linear 5.10 1,837 2,157 320 4,711 5,304 593 TOTAL 19
  20. 20. Recreation Centers and Aquatic Facilities Determine what to do with aging facilities  Multi-million dollar decisions  Requests for Mega Center Your Voices. Our Future. Lack of a comprehensive model  PICTURE OUR PARKS  20
  21. 21. Recreation Center Model Considerations  2009 Indoor Facility Report  Cost recovery policies  Site visits Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Consolidation Opportunities  Bob Duncan Center  Meadowbrook Center  Senior Recreation Center-NY  Eunice Activity Center Development Model  Build Southeast Recreation Center  Rebuild Hugh Smith Recreation Center  Rebuild Dottie Lynn Recreation Center  Rebuild Cliff Nelson Recreation Center  Renovate Elzie Odom Athletic Center  Build mega center 21
  22. 22. The Mega Center Signature Amenities  Active Adult Center  Banquet  Fitness Facility and Wellness Center  Indoor Aquatic Center Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Gymnasiums 22
  23. 23. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Active Adult Center 23
  24. 24. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Active Adult Center 24
  25. 25. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Active Adult Center 25
  26. 26. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Banquet Facility 26
  27. 27. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Fitness and Wellness Center 27
  28. 28. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Fitness and Wellness Center 28
  29. 29. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Gymnasiums 29
  30. 30. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Indoor Aquatic Center 30
  31. 31. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Indoor Aquatic Center 31
  32. 32. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Indoor Aquatic Center 32
  33. 33. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Indoor Aquatic Center 33
  34. 34. The Mega Center Signature Amenities  Active Adult Center  Banquet  Fitness Facility and Wellness Center  Indoor Aquatic Center Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Gymnasiums 34
  35. 35. Recreation Center Model Considerations  2009 Indoor Facility Report  Cost recovery policies  Site visits Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Consolidation Opportunities  Bob Duncan Center  Meadowbrook Center  Senior Recreation Center-NY  Eunice Activity Center Development Model  Build Southeast Recreation Center  Rebuild Hugh Smith Recreation Center  Rebuild Dottie Lynn Recreation Center  Rebuild Cliff Nelson Recreation Center  Renovate Elzie Odom Athletic Center  Build mega center 35
  36. 36. Existing Aquatic System  Some pools are nearing the end of their useful life   Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS   Current system is geographically inefficient      Summer day camps Daily usage at family aquatic centers Parking Need for indoor water   Overlapping service areas (higher density) Gaps in service areas (SE, NE, W) Insufficient capacity and availability   Physically and functionally obsolete Programmatically deficient ADA compliance issues Opportunities for year-round programming Land resources are limited for new facilities 36
  37. 37. Existing Aquatic System Indoor Pool • 3 mile service area Shallow Water Pool • 1.5 mile service area Small Sprayground • 1 mile service area Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Family Aquatic Center • 3 mile service area 37
  38. 38. Aquatic System Model Add large sprayground at Bowman Springs Park  Replace Helen Wessler Pool with large sprayground  Your Voices. Our Future. Add small sprayground at Clarence Thompson Park  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Replace Woodland West Pool with large sprayground  Add outdoor pool in southeast  Include indoor pool space in mega center  Remove Allen Bolden Pool Indoor Pool – 5 mile service area Family Aquatic Center – 3 mile service area Shallow Water Pool – 1.5 mile service area Small Sprayground – 1 mile service area Large Sprayground – 1.5 mile service area - - - - Planned facility 38
  39. 39. Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS Spraygrounds 39
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  44. 44. The Big Projects: Acquisitions Your Voices. Our Future. PICTURE OUR PARKS  Bird’s Fort  Griffin Woods  Village Creek Expansion/Restoration 44
  45. 45. The Big Projects: Renovations Your Voices. Our Future. Allen Bolden Pool  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Bob Duncan Center  C.W. Ditto Golf Course  Cliff Nelson Recreation Center  Dottie Lynn Recreation Center  Harold Patterson Sports Center  Hugh Smith Indoor Pool  Hugh Smith Recreation Center  Richard Simpson Park / Lake Room  River Legacy Parks  Woodland West Pool 45
  46. 46. The Big Projects: Development Your Voices. Our Future. Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center – phase II  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center – phase II  Tennis Center – phase III  The Mega Center  Southeast Recreation Center  Southeast Aquatic Center 46
  47. 47. The Big Projects: Development Your Voices. Our Future. Johnson Creek Greenway Trail Development  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Lynn Creek Trail Development  MLK Jr. Sports Center – phase III  North Sports Center – phase I  Southwest Nature Preserve – phase II  Utility Easement Trail Development  Vandergriff Skatepark – phase II  Village/Rush Creek Trail Development  Webb Community Park – phase V  Two dog parks  School district partnerships 47
  48. 48. Next Steps Your Voices. Our Future. Work on draft plan  PICTURE OUR PARKS  PROS Committee / Park Board review (Jan-Feb)  P&Z Commission / City Council (March)  Information posted on project website  Watch tonight’s presentation online  Open Houses      Tuesday, November 19 10am-2pm Thursday, November 21 4pm-7pm Parks Administration Building (717 W. Main Street) Informal, Come-and-Go format Comments accepted through December 20 48
  49. 49. Breakout Stations Your Voices. Our Future. Project priorities by planning subarea  PICTURE OUR PARKS  Recreation Center Model  Aquatic Facility Model  Multi-Generational Mega Center  Park and Facility Standards  Strategic Priorities  Survey results  Comment cards  Note pads 49
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