In 2005, the agency of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) received federal grant funds to complete a master plan. Demographic changes, development pressures, population growth, and shifting customer use patterns made it especially important to complete this planning effort.
The Eppley Institute played a vital role in the planning process by:
- Conducting internal and external stakeholder interviews
- Developing and conducting a random mail survey to DC residents
- Coordinating city-wide public meetings
- Compiling and analyzing data to create a functional master plan
Still in its final stages of development, the plan includes strategic actions for DPR that will address major issues and concerns expressed by the public. There are also tools and recommendations for enhancing parks and facilities to better serve the DC public. The plan will be an important guiding document for the department for years to come.