6.1 - Recreation Programming Plan ★

Standard: The agency shall have a recreation programming plan covering 3-5 years that is updated periodically and a current-year implementation plan. The plan shall address all programs and services of the agency’s programming functions, including activity selection, type and scope of programs and outreach initiatives. 

Suggested Evidence of Compliance: Provide the current recreation programming plan and describe the update process. This plan shall address how the agency delivers services to persons of all ages and abilities, how it develops program offerings and it shall include the following elements:

  1. Program objectives (6.2);
  2. Program and service statistics (10.5);
  3. Program and service determinants (6.1.1);
  4. Recreation and leisure trends analysis (10.5.1); and
  5. Community inventory (10.5.2).

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 8 – Recreation Program Planning, pp. 137-138.

Agency Evidence of Compliance:

The Park District of Oak Park's Recreation Department has developed a 2015-2019 Recreation Programming Plan1.  The plan is redeveloped every 5 years with adjustments each year to include the latest Recreation Report and statistics as well as the annual outcomes for the plan objectives.  The plan and its appendices include information about past performance, as well as future plans in each program area.  It sets priorities with determinants to help ensure that the programs and services offered by the recreation programming team are well-suited for the community. 


  1. 06.01.00_2015-2019-Recreation-Programming-Plan.pdf

Agency Self Assessment: MET