Parks and Recreation Master Planning

This section, and video on Parks and Recreation Master Planning, describes the process and benefits of parks and recreation master planning. Parks and recreation master planning can foster healthy communities, promote conservation and environmental stewardship, stimulate economic activity, and provide transportation equity. According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, goals of parks and recreation systems often closely align with the principles of active transportation. Therefore, local government decision makers should consider plans for infrastructure, services, and programs that serve both a recreation and active transportation purpose.

The following video, produced by DNREC, highlights the First State Trails and Pathways Initiative that sets forth a plan to create an interconnected network of shared-use trails and pathways that will support safe and affordable, non-motorized travel and recreation opportunities. The planned trail network is designed to expand connections between neighborhoods, towns, and cities to create more vibrant, active, and healthy communities.

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