Vision 2020 - Focus on the Future
Mission and vision statements are necessary to provide organizational direction. However, once these statements are written, how does an organization accomplish them and achieve its goals. In 2016-17, the Board of Park Commissioners and staff updated the District’s Comprehensive and Strategic Plans using a process which included gathering and reviewing community feedback, conducting demographic, park, facility, and program assessments, creating the community’s future vision of park and recreation services, and developing an action plan to implement that vision. By basing each Plan on community feedback and defining priorities, the Board can prepare for future community desires and needs along with clarifying organizational direction for focused mission and vision driven decision making. Since the inception of the District’s first Comprehensive Plan and Strategic Plan, the Board and staff have selected and implemented projects, programs, and initiatives based upon the priorities articulated during the planning process.
Development of Vision 2020 Plan
From fall 2016 to spring 2017, the Board and staff undertook the Vision 2020 process to update the District’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan and 2013-17 Strategic Plan. While a Comprehensive Plan and a Strategic Plan are unique in their purpose and scope, they have interrelated goals and development processes and, for this reason, the Board and staff developed both plans during one process and combined them into one, overall guiding document and action plan. As a result, the Vision 2020 Plan incorporates strategic planning initiatives, which are internal operation, communication, and administrative improvements with a three-year timeline and comprehensive planning initiatives, which are physical asset and programming focused with a five to ten-year timeline.
The Vision 2020 planning process consisted of the following components: a needs assessment; visioning; identifying and evaluating community needs, priorities, and opportunities; and creating a phased implementation and financial plan. Throughout the process, the District collected feedback from the community and employees, including open houses, scientific and online surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc.
Final Vision 2020 Plan and Strategic Action Plan
In July 2017, the Board approved the final Vision 2020 Plan document at the links below, which included a summary of the Vision 2020 feedback collected, needs assessment, and key findings and recommendations that will drive long-range planning for the next three to five-years. Based on the key findings and recommendations, the Board and staff developed the District’s Strategic Work Plan to guide and track execution of long-range plans (see link below). Performance measures, tied to the strategic themes, are also tracked to assess progress on achieving overall Plan strategy.
- Vision 2020 Plan Final Document: Introduction and Overview
- Vision 2020 Plan Final Document: Appendices A and B
- Vision 2020 Plan Final Document: Appendices C, D and E
- 2018 Budget (excerpt): Vision 2020 Plan Overview and 2018 Strategic Work Plan
Below is a presentation on the Vision 2020 Process and Plan, which was given by The Lakota Group to the Board of Park Commissioners in June 2017.
Monitoring the Vision 2020 Plan
As part of the Park Board’s governance and to ensure that this Plan remains relevant and effective as a long-range planning tool and is responsive to the community’s changing needs, the Board and staff review the Strategic Work Plan annually so that it evolves based on ongoing shifts, opportunities, and challenges in the District’s operating, economic, and political environments. This review occurs prior to preparing the annual budget so that staff can evaluate the financial impact of each of the tactics and allocate the short and long-term resources needed to implement the Plan. Lastly, staff ensure that the annual Strategic Work Plan is aligned with the Vision 2020 Five-year Strategy Action Plan so that future long-range planning goals are considered for the coming year. In addition, the Board and staff monitor and report progress on the Strategic Work Plan bi-annually (in the Board’s Mid-year and Year-end Progress Reports at the links below) to track the status of the overall achievement of Plan Themes.