Agenda Item # 5

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting


Agenda Report # 77

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Columbus Parks & Recreation 20 -Year Master Plan

INITIATED BY: Will Johnson, Planning Chief

Recommendation: Approval is requested of the Columbus Park & Recreation 20-Year Master Plan (the "Plan"). Both The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department ("Parks & Rec") and the Columbus Planning Department have worked on this plan and recommending approval.

Background: The Parks & Rec Department approached the Planning Department in 2010 regarding the creation of a long-range comprehensive plan for parks and recreation facilities and programming. The Planning Department began the process in January 2011 and completed the project in December 2013. The Plan was introduced to Council via a presentation on February 11, 2014.

Analysis: The Plan is vast and detailed. It includes a review of the city of Columbus and functions within it; current facilities and programs; local insights particular to specific parks and facilities; general and site-specific recommendations; and a 20-year phasing plan contingent on the availability of funding.

Financial Considerations: Plan provides a framework to phase in projects when feasible.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A

Legal Considerations: All guidelines for preparing the 20 year Comprehensive Parks/Recreation Plan have been followed and now requires the adoption by Council.

Recommendations/ Actions: The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbus Planning Department recommend approval of Columbus Parks & Recreation 20-Year Master Plan.

Parks and Rec Council Presentation.pptx


NO. _____

WHEREAS, the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Columbus Planning Department to create a 20-year master plan for comprehensive park facilities and program planning; and,

WHEREAS, the master plan is a long-range planning document presented in goals, strategies, and action steps that creates a vision and a guideline for a coordinated effort to deliver parks, greenways, recreation, and cultural arts services over the next 20 years; and,

WHEREAS, the master plan does not commit City Council to a funding timeline for implementation, and the recommendations in the plan will be implemented as funding opportunities become available.


That Council of the Columbus Consolidated Government hereby adopts the attached Twenty Year Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan.
Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the day of 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor