2.4 - Park and Recreation System Master Plan ★

Standard:  The agency shall have a comprehensive park and recreation system plan that provides recommendations for provision of facilities, programs and services; parkland acquisition and development; maintenance and operations; and administration and management. The plan shall be officially adopted by the policy-making body, updated periodically and linked with a capital improvement budget and a phased development program.  The system master plan shall implement policies adopted in the comprehensive plan for the jurisdiction.  Interested and affected agencies, organizations, and groups shall be engaged in the planning process.  

Suggested Evidence of Compliance:  Provide the current plan with documentation of official approval; describe update process; and describe a phased implementation program with linkage to the agency's capital improvement budget. The system master plan shall include:

  1. Agency mission (1.4);
  2. Agency objectives (1.4.1);
  3. Recreation and leisure trends analysis (10.5.1);
  4. Needs assessment (10.4);
  5. Community inventory (10.5.2); and
  6. Level of service standards (10.3.1).

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 7 – Planning for Strategic Management, p. 120.

Agency Evidence of Compliance:

The Park District completed its Comprehensive Master Plan1-7 with adoption by the Board of Commissioners on December 18, 2014. A consulting firm, The Lakota Group, was hired to lead the Park District through the development of the current comprehensive master plan. A website was created for the project which included important updates, links to online surveys, community open house announcements and important planning documents. The consultants, with assistance from staff, collected and analyzed data concerning the Park District's parks, open spaces, and facilities. Additionally, the Park District's parks and facilities were assessed in the context of the Village of Oak Park, the region, and against recreational trends. Many focus groups, individual interviews, and a community-wide needs assessment was completed to gather community input.

All of this information was used to created a strategy and set of priorities for the Park District of Oak Park, including plans for recreation programming and improved parks and facilities. These strategies were incorporated into specific recommendations and objectives were placed into a 10-Year Action Plan which serves as the core of the final Comprehensive Master Plan Report. Staff have begun incorporating the recommendations and objectives from the plan into the Park District's Capital Improvement Plan8, which drives the capital improvement budget each year.


  1. 02.04.00_2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  2. 02.04.00a_Agency-Mission-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  3. 02.04.00b_Agency-Objectives-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  4. 02.04.00c_Trends-Analysis-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  5. 02.04.00d_Needs-Assessment-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  6. 02.04.00e_Community-Inventory-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  7. 02.04.00f_Level-of-Service-in-2015-2024-Comprehensive-Master-Plan.pdf
  8. 02.04.00_2015-2019-Capital-Improvement-Plan.pdf (incorporation of CMP Recommendations below)

Agency Self Assessment: MET

Comprehensive Master Plan RecommendationInclusion in current Capital Improvement Plan
Pursue Park/Recreation Space Acquisition & Development

The Capital Improvement Plan has money planned for property acquisition slated for the following years:

  • 2016 - $400,000
  • 2017 - $200,000
  • 2018 - $200,000
  • 2019 - $200,000
  • 2020-  $200,000
  • 2021-  $200,000


The Capital Improvement Plan has money planned for additional and/or improved walking and biking paths at the following locations:

  • Carroll Park- 2015
  • Maple Park - 2015
  • Euclid Square Park - 2017
  • Field Park - 2019
Update and Implement Master Plans and ADA Transition Plan

The Capital Improvement Plan has the following total park and master plan improvements (including ADA improvements) slated for the following years:

  • 2015 - $3,575,000
  • 2016 - $2,829,000
  • 2017 - $2,220,000
  • 2018 - $1,565,000
  • 2019 - $1,335,000
  • 2020-  $1,500,000
  • 2021-  $2,100,000 

Additionally,  $50,000/year  is also budgeted for additional  ADA improvements not  included in master  plans as well as master plan  updates.

Align Park Master Plans with District Level of ServiceThe Capital Improvement Plan has planned funds to remove a tennis court at Rehm Park in 2019 based on Level of Service.
Manage District Historic ResourcesThe Capital Improvement Plan has $800,000 planned in 2018 to improve the roof at Pleasant Home.  In 2015 and 2017, a total of $515,000 of improvements were done to the Oak Park Conservatory.
Improve Environmental Education ProgrammingThe Capital Improvement Plan guided construction of a new environmental center in Austin Gardens in 2015 which will serves as a natural location for increased environmental education programming.
Update the Capital Improvement Plan AnnuallyThe current version of the Capital Improvement Plan was approved in July 2014.

Recently Reviewed Facility and Park Master Plans

Park/FacilityOriginal Master PlanCommunity MeetingsNew Master Plan Review
Rehm ParkMaster Plan (2008)

Community Meeting September 21, 2016

View Meeting Presentation

View Meeting Minutes

Final Plan approved
Cheney MansionMaster Plan (2009)

Community Meeting - June 14, 2016

View Meeting Presentation

View Park Board Presentation 9.2.2016

Final Plan approved 9.15.2016
Austin GardensMaster Plan (2005)

January 5, 2016 - 7pm

View Meeting Presentation

Questioninaire Results

Presentation to Park Board,
March 3, 2016

Final PlansCompleted
in 2016
Andersen ParkMaster Plan (2005)

October 27, 2015
View meeting presentation

View Draft Master Plan Recommendation

Final Plans

Completed December 2015

Barrie ParkPark renovated during remediation in 2005

Focus Groups Minutes

1st Community Meeting (meeting minutes)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 7pm (view the presentation)
View the 1st Barrie Park Site Plan survey results here

2nd Community Meeting (meeting minutes)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7pm (view the presentation)
View the 2nd Barrie Park site plan survey results

3rd Community Meeting (meeting minutes)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7pm (view the presentation)
View the 3rd Barrie Park site plan survey results

4th Community Meeting (meeting minutes)
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm (view the presentation)

Final Plans

Final Recommendations

Completed July 2015

Field ParkMaster Plan (2006)

Meeting held October 28, 2014

View the Presentation

Completed January 2015
Oak Park Pools Meeting held Feb 19, 2014

 Meeting held April 23, 2014

 Meeting held June 25, 2014

Longfellow ParkMaster Plan (2006)

Meeting held March 18, 2014

View meeting notes
View the Proposed Plan
View the Presentation

Completed April 2014
Fox ParkMaster Plan (2006)Meeting held Feb 18, 2014
View meeting presentation
View meeting notes
Completed April 2014
 Carroll ParkMaster Plan (2005)

Meeting held Jan 14, 2014
View meeting presentation
View meeting notes

View Park Board Presentation
March 6, 2014

Completed March 2014
Maple ParkMaster Plan (2007)

Meeting held April 23, 2013

View meeting presentation

Completed June 2013