Community Services Parks, Trail, and Recreation Master Plan

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We love our parks, programs, and trails- and we know you do too! The Community Services team is developing a 10-year plan to see where our parks can grow, how our programs can expand, and ways to better serve our community. This master plan process will create a priority blueprint for where our parks can improve, how to grow responsibly, and what programs and recreational opportunities our community needs. Your input is needed! 

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Community Survey Now Open!

Community input is an important part of this process and resident feedback will be used to help guide decisions. The process kicked off in June when four feedback sessions were hosted where more than 100 residents and stakeholders participated. Community groups and other partnership organizations offered their insights and a community-wide survey has been developed based on the input offered. A random sampling of residents are now being invited to take the survey, and these responses will provide statistically valid results.  In addition, the Community Service team invites all residents to provide feedback and input through an open-link survey at:

Survey Letter Mailed to a Random Sampling of Residents

This project is led by GreenPlay, LLC, with survey and data work done by RRC Associates.  A total of 4,000 households in Fountain Hills have been mailed a survey, and responses from these residents will comprise the statistically valid sample.  The open-link survey will give all residents an opportunity to provide feedback, and their responses will be included in the final analysis.  While open-link results will be kept separate from the statistically valid responses, these responses will none-the-less provide valuable feedback for Fountain Hills.

What is a Master Plan?

A master plan serves as a blueprint for the future of the department.

Fountain Hills has not had an overall Master Plan for the department, thus this document will be the first of its kind.

The recently adopted Community Service Strategic Plan identifies the need for integral long term planning analysis and strategies.

The Ultimate Goal:

A successful master planning process will transform a community’s vision into tangible plans to create outstanding recreation opportunities, well-maintained facilities, and a customer-focused and responsive park system.

Why Do We Need a Master Plan?

The master planning process enables local governments to assess recreation needs and interests of community members.

It enables decision-makers to prioritize resource allocation decisions for new facilities and rehabilitation projects, programs, and services in a manner that is:

  • Fiscally responsible
  • Publicly supported
  • Politically prudent
  • Environmentally sound

What Will the Master Plan Do?

  • Evaluate the existing park system with benchmarks of regional and national standards and potential service level improvements.
  • Incorporate the vision, goals, and tasks outlined in the recently adopted Community Services Strategic Plan.
  • Document priorities, trends and demands of the current population and charting a long-range plan for accommodating anticipated population growth.
  • Develop an implementation program that outlines projects, anticipated costs, potential funding sources, and operation and maintenance implications.
  • Inform citizens about park needs and their community assets
  • Identify capital improvement goals that are needed to assess fiscal requirements and fundraising needs
  • Guide critical decisions about parks and recreation facilities, infrastructure, programs, and services
  • Develop recommendations and an implementation strategy.